Divorce law in the U.S. naturally differs from that of other countries. Certain situations involving international marriage, property, and residence can therefore cause unexpected complexities for divorcing couples.
Issues may arise with a divorce if any of the following situations are true:
- You and your spouse got married in another country
- You and/or your spouse lives overseas
- You own property in another country
- There is the potential for international child custody issues
Because of the differing laws among the countries involved, an international divorce involves unique challenges including (but not limited to):
- Division of property when one spouse lives overseas or the couple owns property in another country
- Child custody, support and relocation
- Enforcement of court orders
- Proving the validity of the divorce finalized from one country to another
Choosing the Right Jurisdiction
In many international divorce cases, more than one country can have jurisdiction over the proceedings – but one location may be more advantageous in reaching a fair settlement. Considering all possible jurisdictions and choosing the right one will help you achieve the best outcome when you dissolve your marriage.
Acting quickly is also crucial in this regard, because both spouses have the ability to file for divorce in their preferred jurisdiction. If you and your spouse disagree on where to proceed with the divorce, you could be in a race to file first.
Getting Assistance Through the Process
The international community has been working for decades to simplify the process of validating divorce and enforcing court orders across multiple borders. If you may be affected by international law as you dissolve your marriage, we can help. The lawyers at Divorce Done Right are well-versed in the international laws that may affect your divorce. In addition to helping you determine the best jurisdiction, we will protect your rights and represent your interests throughout the process.
Get the advice you need to achieve the best outcome possible in your international divorce. Call (866) 337-4448 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation with our experienced legal team.