West Palm Beach, FL asked in Divorce for Florida

Q: I am trying to get a divorce from my husband. He is not a US citizen and has no US documents.

He won't give me his address. I want to do Service by Publication. For the Affidavit of Diligent Search, it states that I have to do a bunch of things, which I am not sure how to do in Nigeria. I spoke with someone there and they said it could take a lot of money because I would need to pay most of the agencies money under the table to get things done because of corruption. I am located in Florida and we were married here. My question is, would it work for me to fill out the Diligent Search form without doing those things? Thank you

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You could try. Explain in the affidavit what steps you did take, what steps you didn't take, and explain why you didn't. The worst that could happen is that the court would refuse to approve.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
Answered
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You do not need to search in Nigeria. Do a US search and if you can show that he cannot be found then you are done. If you last lived as a married couple in Florida then you publish in Florida.

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