Complexity of dual citizenship and divorce

Dividing assets, determining custody arrangements and establishing support-divorce is always complicated. Handling these issues when one or both spouses have dual citizenship can be even more complicated. Many couples will procedural red tape, financial complications and cultural differences that can impact the outcome or process of a divorce. Salt Lake City, Utah residents facing international divorce issues should consult with an experienced attorney and have a clear understanding of their rights before filing for divorce.

Globalization and increased mobilization of Americans and international citizens means an increase in marriages between parties with different or dual citizenship. In addition deciding where to file, issues involving the division of property and custody can pose complex legal problems. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of parental kidnappings. Conflict and litigation can be at stake when one spouse has dual citizenship and plans on leaving the country with a child.

Couples residing in the U.S. may have to sift through international legal issues as well as problems with courts in other countries. Some couples may face cultural hurdles or corrupt governments when divorcing abroad. For example laws favor men's rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Disputes can also arise over where to file; however, whomever files first will determine where the divorce will proceed. When filing divorce, it is important to consider where will be the easiest or most effective jurisdiction.

If you are living abroad, you may not be able to file for divorce in the United States. It doesn't matter where you were born, it is where you live that will determine which court has jurisdiction. Also be aware, that the local law can impact the outcome of your case. Generally, divorce and dual citizenship issues are easier to manage in the U.S. and Europe. Before filing for divorce, always consult with an experienced attorney. It is important to have a clear understanding of your rights, obligations and how jurisdiction could impact your case.

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