How do I get a divorce if I can’t find my wife?

UPDATED: Feb 22, 2012

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How do I get a divorce if I can’t find my wife?

I need to know the quickest and cheapest way to get this done.

Asked on February 22, 2012 under Family Law, South Dakota


Kelly Broadbent / Broadbent & Taylor

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You may be able to file a contested divorce with a motion for alternate service to serve your wife through publication in a newspaper.  If the court allows this, as long as you publish the notice of the pending divorce and provide proof to the court, they will schedule a pretrial conference and award a default judgment for divorce. 

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