I experienced abandonment in 2003 when I was told he left the country.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

I experienced abandonment in 2003 when I was told he left the country. How do I divorce this man? This person to be divorced is living out side the country ( Bangladesh ) now a uncontested divorce would be fine but will this person need to be served papers on this ???? address is unknown . How would she know that he received such a letter ?

State: 
Pennsylvania

Answer: 

You can divorce that man in Pennsylvania quite easily by stating in the divorce papers that your marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that you have been separated for over a year. That’s all it should take. You will need the correct divorce paperwork (contact your county court clerk) for the county you are living in (for at least 6 months hopefully). An uncontested divorce based on abandonment should be a fairly straightforward process that you can handle by yourself (given the correct paperwork).

Since you are in Pennsylvania and your spouse has left the country, if it has been longer than 12 months, you have established desertion. In Pennsylvania, there are two types of desertion: willful desire or intent to actually desert and the cutting off of the marital relationship. When your spouse packed up and left he became guilty of actual desertion and you can get a divorce decree without his consent, presence or signature.

-The Divorce.com Team

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