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Wife left for sc in 2000. I reside in Georgia. Where we originally married., how do I pursue divorce. Cannot find her?
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
If you cannot locate your wife after making reasonable efforts to do so, you can file a Motion for Service by Publication. That means you'd be allowed to post notice of the divorce in the legal notices section of the local paper, and once the ad ran for a few weeks, she's considered to know about the case. From that point, you proceed without her.
Reasonable efforts to find someone may include: Checking property records for the county where you think they live to see if they own real estate, talking to mutual friends or family members, searching social media, or using a background check website. You're not required to hire a private investigator, though. You just have to do what you can to look for her.
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