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How to Divorce a Foreign National When They Have Left the Country

When couples decide to divorce, they usually choose to live apart from one another for a period of time beforehand. While this can be a challenging time for anyone, it becomes especially problematic if your spouse is a foreign national. Prior to the official divorce proceedings, your spouse may choose to leave the U.S. and return to...

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Equitable Distribution

We all know divorce implies a division of the couple’s assets. However, this distribution will operate differently depending on whether or not the couple has a prenuptial or  post nuptial contract governing the distribution. In the absence a contract, Court will apply the legal rules by default to determine the distribution. Most of the countries...

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A closer look: International Pre-Nups

Wise people anticipate their separation by drafting a prenuptial agreement. This agreement describes how a couple will split their assets in a divorce. Bi-national couples may want to consider planning for an international divorce – but what does an international prenuptial agreement look like? Can a prenuptial agreement be recorded in one country be enforced...

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Recovery of Child Support

Recovery of child support in the case of international divorce Getting the divorce judgment is often just the first step of a divorce. Next comes the more tedious part of the separation: the enforcement of the judgment. In the case of international divorce, it is somewhat common to see a spouse flee the country in...

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Can I get a divorce in Florida?

Getting a divorce in Florida may seem attractive as it is a no- fault state. However, not everyone falls into the Sunshine State’s jurisdiction. The increase of bi-national couples raises the question of jurisdiction for dissolution of marriage. A “no-fault divorce” is one in which neither spouse is required to prove “fault” or marital misconduct on...

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Is my divorce valid in the United States?

Case Study: Domestication of French mutual consent divorce agreements On a global average, approximately 50% of all marriages end up in a divorce. Second, more couples than ever are bi national or live outside of their country of nationality. Therefore, laws and courts had to adapt to this new reality. Several countries can have jurisdiction...

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International Child Custody

International child custody cases can vary significantly in subject matter; however, the importance of attaining child custody is paramount.  Usually, international child custody cases involve: (1) A parent who does not trust another country’s court system for a custody case; (2) A parent who wants to move abroad with the child after divorce or at...