How Do I Divorce A Missing Spouse?

divorcing a missing spouseQuestion:

How can I get a divorce if I cannot find my spouse to sign the divorce papers?


I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general tips on your situation.

Most states have a process by which a person can get divorced, even if they cannot locate their spouse or the spouse refuses to sign paperwork. Most of the time, this process involves filing for the divorce and then making efforts to locate or communicate with the spouse and documenting those efforts for the court.

Divorce attorney Anne Scipior
Wisconsin divorce attorney Anne Scipior

If the spouse still refuses to participate, and you can show you have made efforts to communicate with the spouse, many times a “default” divorce is entered – meaning a divorce is entered without the involvement of the other spouse and the court basically grants what you are seeking in the divorce without input form the other spouse.

A domestic litigation attorney in your state will be able to advise you of the specific process in your state for obtaining a divorce when the other spouse does not want to participate and refuses to cooperate.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than tips on your situation, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Wisconsin divorce lawyer Anne Scipior, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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