Many times, those who were married in another country and travel to the United States to live find that they are in need of a divorce but do not know where to begin. A common myth is that you have to return to your home country or to the country where you were married – this is not true. If you are currently living in the United States, then you can file for divorce in the U.S.
Divorces are the subject of state law and should be obtained in the state/country where at least one of the parties live. If you have lived in Florida for six months you can get divorced in Florida no matter where you were married.
Our law firm practices many areas of the law including divorce and immigration so the complexities of international divorces are easily handled by our attorneys, including serving a spouse who is located in another country. Don’t risk invalidating your divorce with inadequate representation or attempting to go at it alone.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Will my divorce obtained outside the US be valid here?
Foreign divorce decrees are generally recognized by the state of Florida so long as the jurisdictional element has been met and there has been due process in serving the other spouse.
- What do you mean by jurisdiction?
Subject matter jurisdiction is the court’s power to hear the case.
In order for Florida to have jurisdiction over your family case, you or the other party must have resided in Florida for 6 months prior to filing.
- Can I get a divorce in Florida if I was married outside the United States?
Yes! Many people think that they have to go back to the country where they were married to obtain a divorce. This is not true. If either party is a Florida resident for 6 months you can file in Florida.
- My spouse and I have been separate for a long time and I do not know where my spouse lives, can I still get a divorce?
Yes. You must show the court that you made a diligent search to find out the location of the spouse and then you can proceed with publication in the newspaper.
- What’s different about an international divorce?
Each country has different protocols for how to serve a resident of a certain country. So, the attorney needs to look at the specific country to determine the requirements for service.
- What is an apostille and will I need one?
An Apostille is a certificate issued by an authority of that State/Country showing that the document is an authenticate document. Each apostille is specific as to the state/country issuing and the country it will be used. If you are serving foreign court documents, you will need an apostille but the firm can handle the request for you.