How does divorce by publication work?
Divorcing a missing spouse is referred to as a "Divorce by Publication" because you must submit a legal notice to run in the local newspaper as a method of serving your spouse. This being said, the court will make you "jump through hoops" to prove that you have made every possible effort to locate your spouse.
How long do you have to respond to divorce papers in Florida?
20 daysYou have 20 days from the date on the summons to send a required answer to the divorce papers. No more than 20!
Can you divorce someone through the newspaper?
If you cannot find your spouse, you can request permission from the court to publish a notice of the divorce in the newspaper or post a notice in the courthouse. This is called a Motion to Serve by Publication or Posting.