What does it mean to serve someone by publication?
“Service by publication” means that you publish the Summons or other document in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where your spouse or partner is likely to be.
How much does it cost to serve by publication?
If you need to serve by publication, the newspaper will charge you to publish the summons. Newspapers in the United States charge up to $100. Newspapers outside the US charge up to $200.
Can you get a divorce by putting it in 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.
What happens when divorce goes to default?
A divorce by default occurs when the person who files for divorce does not receive a timely response from the other spouse. You can’t take back or rescind the divorce once the courts have finalized it, even if the defendant never received the petition and did not know a spouse filed for divorce.