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Can I get a divorce when I cannot locate my spouse?


In Texas, it is possible for a person to get a divorce even when their spouse’s whereabouts are unknown. The process to obtain a divorce when you do not know where your spouse is located is called Divorce by Publication.

Divorce by Publication is more expensive, because it requires that you hire an attorney that is familiar with handling this type of case, hire an ad litem attorney to represent and find your spouse, and publish a notice in a recognized news publication, which typically cost $200-$250.

For this reason, before you seek a Divorce by Publication, try to locate your spouse using the following methods:

  1. Check the telephone listings where you or your spouse lived
  2. Reach out to mutual friends and relatives
  3. Visit your spouse’s prior/current workplace
  4. Visit your local U.S. Postal Office and ask for the forwarding address
  5. Check your local property records
  6. Check with your state records for driver’s license or vehicle registration
  7. Check with your spouse’s prior/current landlord
  8. Run a search on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media

Attorney David M. Nguyen from the Law Office of David Nguyen, PC is a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network. For more information on What are irreconcilable differences, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (281) 777-1236 today. We have two convenient locations in north and south Houston, Texas.

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