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Anaheim, CA asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona

Q: How can I find out if I'm divorced if I have no idea where my wife is she said I Needed to find Jesus 7 months ago

We had a confidential marriage.. and she left for 9 days I had our daughter till she found out she can't get housing without her l. Then she put me in jail cause I had a misdemeanor warrant so she called me to church lead Me to believe that she wonted to work it out with our family,sent the cops to the park where I was playing in the water with my daughter and while accompanying them, had me arrested for 1 day and I haven't seen her since..

1 Lawyer Answer
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: This was filed as a question for Arizona, but I see you're in California. California has a confidential marriage license; Arizona does not. Still, Arizona will recognize marriages legally entered into another state even if their procedures are different than Arizona's.

I'm going to answer presuming you intended to ask this question in Arizona.

Arizona divorce proceedings are public record. You can check the docket for Maricopa County here: http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/FamilyCourtCases/caseSearch.asp

But she can't divorce you without serving you--although it may be possible for her to have served you by publication.

Additionally, for Arizona to have jurisdiction, you or your wife needs to have lived here in Arizona for 90 days, and for Arizona to have jurisdiction over the child, the child needs to have lived here for six months.

If you can't find here on your own, you may want to look into hiring a skip tracer to find her. I'd recommend acting sooner rather than later. The you wait, the more difficult your custody case becomes.

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