How long does your spouse have to be missing before you can use the divorce by publication strategy?

The Courts will require a diligent search to locate them and proof of it. If that's unsuccesful, then you have the divorce papers sent to their last known address. If that's still unsucessful, then you set a Motion for a special service. * State laws govern dissolution of marriage procedures. Consult with an attorney qualified in family law or contact the office of the clerk or administrator of the circuit court in the city or county of residence for information.