Do you need your spouse’s signature before you can get a divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

What is the process you go through when having a divorce. Do you need your spouse’s signature before you can get a divorce?

State: 
New Jersey

Answer: 

Your question as to the process of divorce is too broad to answer here in a few sentences. You can familiarize yourself with the resources and articles here on the site to get a much better idea of the divorce process though. Do you need a spouse’s signature before you can get divorced? No, you do not. You are required to attempt to notify your spouse when filing for divorce, but there are numerous cases where a spouse cannot be located at all. Every state has a procedure in place to handle situations like abandonment of the marriage, where the remaining spouse handles the entire divorce by themselves. You can get divorced without your spouse’s signature. – The Divorce.com Team Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. By submitting your question to Divorce.com, you are not creating an attorney/client relationship with Ms. Jaffe or with any of the other attorneys listed on this site.

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