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My husband retired and moved to Costa Rica 7 months ago. Now

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My husband retired and moved to Costa Rica 7 months ago. Now need a divorce. No children. 2 houses with no equity and 1 vehicle. No other personal property. Sold everything to go to Costa Rica. Didn't work out. I am back in the states. I think it will be not be contested. What can I do? No street address for delivery of paperwork just a parcel number from lease of property he is staying at. I do have power of attorney if that makes any difference.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  LegalGems replied 1 year ago.

a few minutes please.

Expert:  LegalGems replied 1 year ago.

A power of attorney does not have an effect on the divorce process- ie the agent cannot accept service because of the conflict of interest, and because the service must be in person. When a party relocates out of country, and the address is unknown, the court will expect the filing party to hire a private investigator to locate the current address and then personally serve the individual in accordance with the state's laws. If the party is unable to be located after a due diligent search, then the party filing can notify the court of this via an affidavit of due diligence. The court will generally allow the divorce to proceed under the "default" method, so that the property can be divided, with the other party's share put in escrow/trust for when s/he is located. The court does have jurisdiction over property located in that state, so division of property should not be a problem.

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Expert:  LegalGems replied 1 year ago.

I didn't make an additional services offer.

Expert:  LegalGems replied 1 year ago.

It may be the site asking if you want a subscription.

Expert:  LegalGems replied 1 year ago.

I'm an individual contributor so I don't have access/control over billing issues.