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divorce after 9 years separated, no idea where husband is.

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iheartdusty Fri 26-Apr-13 11:39:59

you definitely need a marriage certificate, so you will need to get a copy.

but what happened to your previous petition? If it wasn't dismissed, it is still valid and you might be able to use that one rather than pay a whole new fee. The court office might be able to advise you about that.

To divorce a missing spouse, you have to show the efforts you've made to trace him - ie contact all family and friends, former employers, Facebook, Friends Reunited, letter to his last known address in case he has a post forwarding arrangement in place, anything else you can think of. Then you can ask the court to dispense with service.

You could also contact the DWP - they used to agree to forward a divorce petition to the current address if they can trace an adult through their National Insurance number, or failing that full details of name and date of birth.

wanderingcloud Fri 26-Apr-13 08:38:10

My husband and I married in 2004 and separated later that year. Initially I couldn't afford to start divorce proceedings so things stayed as they were. In 2006 I filed for divorce filing everything in myself. My husband didn't respond and I couldn't afford a bailiff to serve him the papers. I basically forgot about being married. Now I have met someone and we have a baby. I want to get divorced but I no longer have a marriage certificate or any idea where my husband is. I haven't seen or heard of him in 7 years. I'm pretty broke so getting a solicitor is pretty much out of the question. Can anyone advise is there a simple way to divorce now that we have been separated for so long? Can I do this without my husband as I don't know where he is? TIA if you can help.

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