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You're allowed to publish notice of the pending divorce in the local newspaper near where the courthouse is located. It doesn't have to be where you last knew your spouse, or the largest newspaper in the area, or anything like that. You do, however, need the judge's permission to serve your spouse by publication. And that means filing a motion explaining everything you've done to try to locate him. You have to make reasonable efforts to try to find him, even if you don't think it will help. Here are a few ways that you might do that:
Once you've done some of those things, or made similar efforts, you can file the Petition for Divorce with a Motion for Service by Publication, and it will probably be approved. The judge will tell you which paper to run the notice in and for how long.
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