In hindsight it was an impulsive and irrational decision, but short of going back in time, the next best thing is to learn from your choices. That is how Shelly felt anyway. She married Dan a week after set met him at Whole Foods in Briarcliff Manor, New York. At the time she was certain that she had found her soul mate. Now, over a decade later, Shelly was truly in love and wanting to remarry. Except, she and Dan had never legally divorced. This was a problem because she was living her dream life in Croton-on-Hudson, New York and engaged to the love of her life. The bigger problem is that Shelly had no idea where to find Dan. How could she divorce him?
This situation happens more than one may imagine. New York State matrimonial law (more formally know as New York State Domestic Relations Law) requires a spouse to be notified personally when their mate files for divorce. What is the process when the estranged spouse cannot be located? This process is known as Divorce by Publication. A judge must approve the use of this process. Before this approval is granted, the spouse seeking a divorce, must prove they have completed a thorough search for their spouse. This is done by filing several documents with the court, including an Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry, which outlines all the ways you have searched for your spouse.
By what methods can you search for your spouse? There are a lot of different ways to do this. For examples include: