When it comes time legally end a Florida marriage, the filing spouse will be required to ensure that the other party receives the documents filed with the court. This process is called "service," and ordinarily takes place in person. However, when it is nearly impossible to locate a viable address for the other party, service issues can create a complex divorce problem.
In the past, some parties have been forced to resort to placing a notice in a local newspaper in the area where the other party last lived. This is often an unreliable way to effect service, and the approval of the court is needed in order to do it. A new alternative method of service is gaining popularity after a landmark case decided in 2015 -- the use of Facebook to serve divorce papers on the other spouse.