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International Divorce


Term Definition International Divorce - a divorce obtained by citizens of one country in another country.
Application in Divorce An international divorce is a divorce obtained in an alien jurisdiction.

Very often these divorces are termed "quickie" because they are granted after one party has established a jurisdiction by meeting a very short residency requirement.

Care should be taken when obtaining a divorce in a jurisdiction other than the one of legal residence. Problems can happen when a person obtains a divorce in Haiti, the Dominican Republic or Mexico or in a different state, such as Nevada, which has a very short residency requirement.

Jurisdictional disputes arise when one party travels to these foreign countries or Nevada. The other party may raise a question of proper jurisdiction because he or she has no contact with the jurisdiction.

In general, the states respect the decisions of sister states.

See Jurisdiction; Dominican Divorce.

See also Foreign Divorce Judgment/Decree.

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