Question #128: My parents have been separated for over 30 years. My mom has been keeping her separation agreement (from their lawyer at the time) thinking it is the same as a divorce certificate. She claims her lawyer at the time told them they will be automatically divorced after one year. That lawyer has passed away. How can she go about getting a divorce certificate without having to find my dad to sign anything? We heard he moved to a different country. Their separation agreement was very detailed and they had no unresolved issues. How fast can this be processed or finalized?

My parents have been separated for over 30 years. My mom has been keeping her separation agreement (from their lawyer at the time) thinking it is the same as a divorce certificate. She claims her lawyer at the time told them they will be automatically divorced after one year. That lawyer has passed away.

How can she go about getting a divorce certificate without having to find my dad to sign anything? We heard he moved to a different country. Their separation agreement was very detailed and they had no unresolved issues.

How fast can this be processed or finalized?