My wife and i have been separated since 2007. I don’t know where she is. Can I divorce?

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Question:  My wife and i have been separated since 2007. No contact with eachother since then and I don’t know where she is. Can I divorce? State:  Florida Answer:  Fortunately, you can get a divorce without knowing your wife’s whereabouts. Every state has a way to “serve” someone with divorce papers who can’t be found. Most states call this “substitute service.” Typically, you need to prove that...

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What age is it in Tennessee that a child can say who she wants to live with?

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Question:  What age is it in Tennessee that a child can say who she wants to live with? State:  Tennessee Answer:  The state of Tennessee will “listen” to the wishes of a minor child once they reach the age of 12. Like most states, Tennessee bases child custody and support decisions on what is in the best interests of the child. A child 12 or older can give their opinion as to which parent they would like to stay with....

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Why is it I am still in court with yet another lawyer trying to get what is rightfully ordered to me by the judge and my ex’s attorney now another trying to get the ruling reversed? (NY)

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Question:  Why is it I am still in court with yet another lawyer trying to get what is rightfully ordered to me by the judge and my ex’s attorney now another trying to get the ruling reversed? (NY) State:  New York Answer:  While we are not exactly sure what the specific reason is that your ex’s attorney continues to contest your divorce in court, we can point out that contested divorces, especially those with attorneys on...

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Divorce agreement with my wife

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Question:  Hello, I have a divorce agreement with my X-wife who has custody of our children 80% of the time. I’m a teacher and pay $2,600 per month in child support which has caused a great strain on my finances. My x-wife has also asked that I pay for additional expenses for my children (for example back-to-school clothes) and I’m not sure if this is necessary or appropriate for her to ask this of me. Are there some guidelines for what is appropriate for me to pay in...

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Divorce – unkown whereabouts of spouse

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Question:  I would like to find out what the process is to get a divorce if I do not know the whereabouts of my spouse. It has been several years since we last saw each other. State:  Illinois Answer:  You can get a divorce in Illinois on the no-fault grounds of living separate and apart for a continuous period of at least two years and irreconcilable differences are deemed to have caused an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage....

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

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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...

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Is Missouri a no fault state?

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Question:  Is Missouri a no fault state? State:  Missouri Answer:  Yes. Missouri allows couples to get divorced without a specific “fault” on the part of either party. That the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that there is no expectation it can be preserved is enough to get divorced in the Show Me state. – The Divorce.com Team Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about...

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Need a free uncontested divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  Do you know of anyway in New York where I can acquire a free uncontested divorce? I need it bad my wife and I have been separated since 2004 when she abandoned the children and I. To this day I dont know where she is, after I took custody of our child she vanished. State:  New York Answer:  If you have not seen or heard from your wife since 2004, you have a classic case of abandonment. In most states abandonment for a year or...

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SEPARATION – HOW DO I GET STARTED?

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Question:  HOW DO I GET STARTED? State:  North Carolina Answer:  Your question is rather vague. If you meant “how do you get started with a divorce (or separation)?,” we would direct you to your local county government resources in North Carolina. You could also visit your local county courthouse to see what forms and documents are necessary to pursue the course of action you are seeking to complete. You could also contact an...

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What’s the cost for a divorce?

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Question:  What’s the cost for a divorce? **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. State:  Alabama ...

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How long do I have to wait after he stops paying alimony to go afther him?

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Question:  I have been receiving alimony weekly since 1990. Now that my ex is turning 65 next June he is trying to just stop paying me my alimony. I told him you can’t do that without taking me back to court.and that i will take him to court if he stops paying me. I live in Anoka, Minn. How long do I have to wait afther he stops paying me to go afther him? State:  Minnesota Answer:  Section 518.64 of the Minnesota Statutes...

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Question about my divorce agreement.

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Question:  I was divorced 5 years ago. Nothing was said in the agreement about putting the house in my name(we have a joint loan) or changing the utilities. I received child support for our five children but still could not make ends meet even with a job myself. My credit suffered. He wanted to decrease the support earlier this year and we agreed, mostly because I could not afford to go to court. He added in the agreement that I would get the house refinanced in my name and change the...

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My husband has abandoned me. I have no job. What am I entitled to?

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Question:  I have been married for almost a year. Nov 7 will be a year. My husband has abandoned me. I have no job. He promised to take care of me while I am attending college. What am I entitled to? State:  Alabama Answer:  You are entitled to a “real” marriage for one thing, one where your husband doesn’t abandon the relationship. And you will need to seek a divorce from your current husband in order to make that...

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Can I get the divorce decree prior to the property settlement?

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Question:  I have been separated for 1.5 yrs. My ex is dragging it out to get support. Can I get the divorce decreed prior to the property settlement. I would like to file as single this year as he committed tax fraud last year and I am going to have to deal with an audit because we are still ‘officially’ married. I filed no fault despite the fact he was abusive. Can I change this to fault and if so will it speed the procedeedings. Thankyou for the...

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filing

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Question:  I have filed for a divorce and sent a registered letter by mail, which came back unopened because he no longer lives at that address so my question is what’s the next step that I should take and if its running an add in the paper how should it be worded? State:  Arkansas Answer:  Normally, if you know where your spouse lives, a copy of the Arkansas divorce complaint and a summons must be personally delivered (by someone...

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How soon can I be divorced after submitting the papers, if both of us agree on everything?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  How soon can I be divorced after submitting the papers, if both of us agree on everything. There is no properties or anything to divide. It’s a friendly divorce. Thank you very much. State:  Florida Answer:  In Florida, couples who have no minor children, own no property together and have no major joint debts can get divorced rather quickly. If children are present and significant property divison issues are part of...

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Is the husband still obligated to be responsible for future bills of the wife?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If you are still married but not living together and have not for 3 months – Is the husband still obligated to be responsible for future bills of the wife? (TX) State:  Texas Answer:  Threee months of separation alone is not enough to qualify for a divorce on grounds of “living apart” as Texas requires 3 years of living apart without cohabitation to constitute sufficient fault. Whether or not the husband must...

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Paying Child Support to Ex-Spouse Who Is Relocating To Another State

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Question:  Paying Child Support to Ex-Spouse Who Is Relocating To Another State? **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...

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What is a status hearing?

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Question:  What is it and should I go even though I have an attorney? (CO) State:  Colorado Answer:  Your attorney should tell you whether or not you need to attend the Status Hearing. Someone should probably attend and although hearings are usually informal settings, the judge will still need to know your position on the divorce up to that point. This is something your lawyer can usually take care of without your presence. The importance...

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How long do we have to get an anullment in Mississippi?

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Question:  My husband and have only been together for 3 months. How long do we have to get an anullment in Mississippi? State:  Mississippi Answer:  Mississippi law allows incurable impotency, insanity, or idiocy; incapable of consent from lack of understanding, force, fraud ; pregnancy by another man and husband did not know, as grounds for annulment. The state allows couples to annul marriages within the first 6 months, but usually only...

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