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Strategies when a spouse is unresponsive during a divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2023 | Divorce

Entering the world of divorce proceedings can be a daunting experience. The challenges may amplify when a spouse becomes unresponsive or “ghosts” during the process.

In such a situation, it is important to understand the options available.

Understanding ghosting in divorce proceedings

Ghosting, a term originally coined in the realm of dating, refers to the act of someone suddenly cutting off all communication without explanation. In the context of a divorce, it signifies a spouse who becomes unreachable, unresponsive or deliberately evasive during the proceedings. This can pose challenges in progressing with the divorce process.

Using strategies to manage an unresponsive spouse

An unresponsive spouse does not stop the divorce proceedings. Individuals facing this situation can file for divorce on the grounds of desertion if the spouse has been absent for a specified period. The court will consider evidence of attempts made to contact the spouse and their continued absence in response.

Making use of service methods

Serving divorce papers is a crucial step in initiating divorce proceedings. If personal service is unsuccessful due to an unresponsive spouse, there are alternative methods available. Certified mail, service by publication in a newspaper, or hiring a private service company are valid ways to serve divorce papers.

Engaging in default proceedings

If the spouse remains unresponsive even after successful service of divorce papers, individuals can proceed with a default divorce. In a default divorce, the court grants the divorce and makes decisions on matters like property division, spousal support, and child custody without the input of the unresponsive spouse.

Coping with emotional distress

An unresponsive spouse can cause emotional distress, especially during a life-altering event like a divorce. Emotional support can come from family, friends, or professional counseling. It is important to focus on self-care and emotional well-being during this challenging time.

Navigating a divorce with an unresponsive spouse may seem overwhelming. However, by understanding the options available, you can deal with this situation with respect and composure.