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I live in Florida and I was looking for details on the

Hello, I live in...

Hello, I live in Florida and I was looking for details on the process of trying to file for divorce from and missing person and what steps are needed to do so

Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Florida

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I filed paperwork a few years ago that was sent to him but he disappeared after that so nothing was ever continued or resolved from that point

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

There is no property to split and no children to be concerned with so the quickest, cheapest option would be helpful. I already paid for the paperwork I filed the first time and if I can avoid spending a ton more I would definitely prefer it

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Olivia Kent
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So, if you're saying that it has been a few years, I suspect your divorce petition has been dismissed. So you're going to need to file from scratch. And if you're unable to serve your spouse you'll need to ask the court to permit substituted service, whereby you can serve your spouse in a nontraditional way (like by publishing in the newspaper).

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I guess that is actually my question is how to go about asking a court for this situation and if it’s something I can just go into a courthouse and file out a petition or if I’m going to have to spend a ton of money on all new paperwork again? Who it is I need to contact to talk to the court about filing this way?

Basically, you file your Summons and Complaint with the court and then you also file a motion for substituted service. It's a separate piece of paper you would file

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
that’s something I would just go to our courthouse to do?

Yes. They usually have samples/templates you can use.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you so much! I just honestly wasn’t sure what kind of paperwork I needed to ask for and where to go and get it. Thank you.

My pleasure :)

And here's a link to some samples: http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/family-courts/family-law-self-help-information/family-law-forms.stml

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