Does my spouse have to sign divorce papers if he abandoned me?
Question Details: About 4 years ago my then husband decided to leave me and my 2 kids without telling anyone. I was at work and the kids were at school. We didn't know until we got home and none of his stuff was there. I found out that he went to another state. I have sent him papers multiple times but he refuses to sign. Both of our kids are over 18 now and I just want this to be over with.
He does not have to voluntarily sign them--you can't make anyone voluntarily sign anything (e.g. divorce papers, contract, deed or title, etc.) against their will. But you can bring a divorce case and get a divorce ordered by the court: he cannot keep you married against your will. Consult with a familly law attorney about doing this: 4 years of abandonment more than meets the legal requirement for divorce.
You can get what is known as a "divorce by default", in a case in which a spouse refuses to sign divorce papers. Here is a link to an article that will explain further:
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