Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
Where were you married?
What steps have you taken to trace your ex?
Have you ordered a replacement certificate?
Have you used an Enquiry Agent to trace him (usual cost about £100)
TO get a copy of the marriage certificate you need to fill in this form
you can find out the mname of the Marriage Officer using the link here
Once you have the certificate you can complete the Petition based on the five year separation
You can also apply to dispense with Service on your ex using the form here
It would be sensible to instruct an enquiry agent as it shows the court you have tried your best to trace him
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Absolutely - but do then spend another £90 and get the Enquiry Agent to personally serve the paperwork on him!
Sadly we are not allowed contact outside of the site - but If you ask for me in your question I will always respond when I see it!
You are most welcome - I hope all goes well
What would you like to ask about?
Has he given you his address?
When did you buy the property?
How long did you live together in total?
Were your finances ever joint?
When was that?
How much is the flat worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
Any other assets?
I am sure that he will mess you about I am afraid - but hopefully he can be traced so that the divorce goes ahead.
technically he does have a potential claim on what was the former matrimonial home, but it only a relatively modest one given the circumstances (may be 5% or 10% of the equity at most)
and even then he will have a hard time justifying that in all the circmnstances
Start the divorce as soon as you can!
No need for a solicitor at this stage - you can do this yourself!
Good luck I hope all goes well