DIVORCE AGAINST ABSENT SPOUSE: YES, YOU CAN

Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and singer Eduardo Cruz have separated. Mr. Cruz has returned to Spain. If Ms. Longoria sues him for divorce, how will she serve him with the lawsuit? Most states have ways to serve the absent spouse. In Louisiana, the court can appoint a lawyer to receive the petition and to represent the absentee’s interests in the proceedings. Note however that the plaintiff pays that lawyer’s fees. An alternative is for the absentee to accept service by affidavit. A spouse cannot prevent a divorce by moving away or disappearing.