New York law requires that your spouse be personally served with the paperwork initiating a divorce against him or her. This means, you must know where your spouse is in order to have your spouse handed the papers. In some cases, a spouse may be long-absent and after a diligent effort to find him or her, the Court will permit you to serve the papers by alternate means. In other words, you may seek special permission to serve your spouse through publishing a notice in the newspaper(s). This process generally carries additional expenses because you must pay the newspaper to publish your notice.
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Morghan Leia Richardson, Esq. is a Family and Divorce mediator and attorney in New York City.
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