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I am planning on filing for divorce from my husband who is African. But he has gone back to Africa. Can I still get divorced?

Q: My husband and I have been married for two years, he is not a US citizen and I found out by my neighbor that he went back to Africa. He knew that I was filing for divorce from him and he ran away from the marriage. Do I need his signature on the divorce papers and can I still get a divorce?

A: You don’t necessarily need his signature, but you would otherwise need to have him served. Thus, you’d need to track him down in that country, and then determine whether the country he’s in is a signatory on the Hague Convention on Service Abroad (this will govern the method of service). Schedule a consult with a Bronx Divorce attorney for a full assessment.

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