Can I get a divorce cheaply if I have been separated for 18 years?

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Can I get a divorce cheaply if I have been separated for 18 years?

He has another family; we live in different states; our children are grown.

Asked on August 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Oh my goodness.  Does his new family - specifically his wife - that he is not legally married?  At any rate, if you have no assets to divide and you have no children to support and you di not wish to ask for alimony (and you might not get it any way given that you have supported yourself for this long), then you should seek to file an uncontested no-fault divorce. You can have the papers prepared, your spouse can most likely accept service and file an affidavit as to same and then you can file the paperwork and seek to have the court sign off.   Being that he lives in another state it is important to consider his signing an affidavit accepting service so that you do not have to go through the hassle of paying a process server in another state or asking for an order of publication.  Seek some help.  Good luck.


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