PUBLICATION OF SUMMONS PACKAGE
The We The People Publication of Summons Package can help you begin a divorce in California if you do not know where your spouse is and your spouse’s last known address was in California.
* The fees above do not include filing, recording, or courier service fees.
The We The People Publication of Summons Package can help you begin a divorce in California if you do not know where your spouse is and your spouse’s last known address was in California. The We The People Publication of Summons Package includes the following standard forms:
- Application for Publication of Summons (Marriage)
- Order for Publication of Summons (Marriage).
Depending upon the county in which you will be filing the Petition there may be additional local forms; these are also included in your Package.
If you cannot find your spouse, you can publish the divorce summons in a newspaper. You first must convince the Court you have made every effort to locate your spouse. You will need to let the Court know – in a very detailed manner –all of your efforts to locate your spouse. The Judge will then decide if you have made all efforts and if you have, will issue an order for publication. Since the order will name a specific newspaper in which to publish, you will need to select the paper for publication in advance. The newspaper must be one that is pre-approved by the Court to publish legal notices and be one that is most likely to give your spouse notice.
Once it's signed by the judge, the Order is sent to the newspaper of your choice with the payment for the publication. Publication costs vary widely so you may want to make some phone calls in advance. The costs of publication were not included in the price paid to We The People. The newspaper will publish the summons for four consecutive weeks.
After four weeks, the newspaper will send you a proof of publication that will need to be submitted to the Court. Your case can then be completed like any other case. The clock starts ticking the 28th day from day one of publication and the divorce can be final in six months and one day from that date.