What to Consider When Filing for an International Divorce

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Divorcing in its most basic terms can be a bit of a frustration. There is much to consider and every decision will affect your foreseeable future in one way or another. However, you will openly welcome the troubles of a usual divorce once you encounter those of an international divorce.

Why would your divorce be international and not domestic?

  • You and your spouse got married in another country.
  • You or your spouse live in a foreign country at the time of your divorce filing.
  • You or your spouse own real estate or a business across borders.
  • You and your spouse completed an international adoption while married.

During an international divorce, you and your spouse may be forced to navigate the divorce rules of both your state and the laws of another country. What might work or be acceptable here in Texas could be limited or prohibited elsewhere. The end result is the need for capable and experienced legal counsel that knows international divorce rules as well as domestic laws.

Texas Prerequisites for International Divorce Filings

Before you rush into an international divorce, you need to know if you are even permitted to file for one by Texas’s standards. There are certain prerequisites you need to meet before a Texas family law court will see your international divorce. Most notably, you will need to have been a Texas resident for at least the last six months and live in the country in which you will file for the last 90 days. Meeting this requirement alone can be tricky enough before other international jurisdictions come into play.

It should be noted that in certain circumstances a Texas family law court can take jurisdiction of a divorce filed against a spouse who resides overseas. The simplest way to take jurisdiction in such a situation is officially serving your divorce papers to your spouse while they are within the United States. This might seem like a way to spoil a business trip, but it could save you both hardship and resources later.

Make Sense of Your International Divorce with Walters Gilbreath

The people of Texas — from Dallas to Austin to Houston and beyond — know they can depend on the international divorce attorneys of Walters Gilbreath, PLLC for real, reliable legal support. We have trial attorneys and Board Certified Family Lawyers on our team who have extensive combined experience managing complex divorce cases. No matter what happens in your international divorce, we can take care of it for you, and the next steps that should follow.

Get more information about international divorces by calling (844) 451-1220 today.


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