Divorcing if wife lives in U.S. and husband lives in South America

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  My wife and I were living in Venezuela for several years. my wife decided to call it quits (we had been married for 22 years) and returned to the U.S., to the state of Oregon where we were originally married. At this point, I have no intention of returning to the U.S. How do we obtain the least expensive divorce that is legally recognized by Oregon. Our children are grown and live on their own, we do have credit card debt in the U.S. and almost no property. My wife is...

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My husband has been in jail for three years. We have no kids and property.

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Question:  My husband has been in jail for three years and there are no kid’s and property. State:  Virginia Answer:  No kids, no property and a husband in jail for three years equals a divorce in Virginia where you live. You can file a no-fault divorce based on the fact that you have been: Living separately and apart without cohabitation and without interruption for six months without children. Or you can file a fault-based action...

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What is abandonment, as it pertains to marriage, separation and divorce?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  What is abandonment, as it pertains to marriage, separation and divorce? **Wendy Jaffe and Divorce.com can only provide general information about divorce. DO NOT RELY ON MS. JAFFE’S ADVICE ALONE. Before acting on information provided by Ms. Jaffe or by Divorce.com, talk to an attorney first about your particular facts and the law of your state. State:  Alabama ...

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Is there a time limit on how long a divorce can go on from beginning to end? Texas

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Question:  Is there a time limit on how long a divorce can go on from beginning to end? (in Texas?) State:  Texas Answer:  Texas, like most all states, has a waiting period BEFORE you get divorced. The state requires 60 days between filing and finalization. The amount of time the actual divorce itself takes is not determined by time limit, but procedure. The more complicated and contested your divorce is, the longer it will take as a...

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I want to stop a divorce in Pennsylvania?

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Question:  I want to stop a divorce in Pennsylvania? State:  Pennsylvania Answer:  It is very unlikely that you can stop a divorce by yourself if your spouse is determined to make it happen. You can probably slow it down, but in Pennsylvania (a mixed “fault” divorce state) you will have a hard time halting a no-fault divorce initiated by a spouse who’s determined to see it through even over a spouse’s objections....

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Abusive and Dangerous Husband

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Question:  I left my abusive husband after 2 years of marriage and 2 kids. when i went into the shelter he kept showing up and beating me while i was pregnant with his second child.He then filed for divorce and restraining orders against me even though i have police reports and hospital records. He beat almost everyday so even though i signed a paper from court saying that i would not leave the state with the child which i did, they took my child from me the very child that he burnt and...

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Divorce – unkown whereabouts of spouse

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Question:  I would like to find out what the process is to get a divorce if I do not know the whereabouts of my spouse. It has been several years since we last saw each other. State:  Illinois Answer:  You can get a divorce in Illinois on the no-fault grounds of living separate and apart for a continuous period of at least two years and irreconcilable differences are deemed to have caused an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage....

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Marital Assets

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Question:  My husband and I got married 6 years ago. In the past 6 years, we have not lived together more than 6 months at one time, or 2 years total. I have aquired personal properties with my own personal income during the past 6 years, Mostly aquired when he was not living in the home. I have filed for divorce, he is currently living with another woman, Since the State of Ohio is a division state, is he entitled to my personal properties in our divorce? State:  ...

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Is the husband still obligated to be responsible for future bills of the wife?

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question:  If you are still married but not living together and have not for 3 months – Is the husband still obligated to be responsible for future bills of the wife? (TX) State:  Texas Answer:  Threee months of separation alone is not enough to qualify for a divorce on grounds of “living apart” as Texas requires 3 years of living apart without cohabitation to constitute sufficient fault. Whether or not the husband must...

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Husband dies shortly after court proceedings

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Question:  If a couple goes to court, decide on settlement on May 5, the husband dies on August 15, but never signed papers, is there anything that can be done because of intent to divorce? (MS) State:  Mississippi Answer:  That is a great question and my answer is “probably not.” The first thing that you should do is check with a family law or probate attorney licensed to practice law in Mississippi to see if they have a...

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Divorce Mediation – a Lower Cost Alternative

Aug 8, 2012 by

When the tough decision to seek a divorce becomes imminent, couples have a few different options to consider. The traditional method of going about this is to get a lawyer and have him sort through all of the details. Though this might seem like a good idea to some, there is a lower cost alternative out there at this point in time. Instead of paying through your nose to use a lawyer, consider getting a mediator instead. Divorce mediation is a nice alternative to a divorce lawyer for quite...

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Divorce Difficulties & The Holidays

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Even though the holiday season is supposed a time of celebration, but for many divorced parents, the unhappy reality is more often that the holidays are a difficult time. At a time when most families are spending time together, divorced parents will likely have to share the time spent with their children with their ex. The depressing reality is that much of the holidays will be spent without the company of their children. When families get together for the holidays, unexpected things can...

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Divorce, Families & Children

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In a perfect world every home would have two parents present in the household to raise a child. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out as planned and divorce is a fact of life. However, statistics do show that children raised in a two-parent home almost always have fewer problems than those raised by a single parent. The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators keeps track of an alarming number of teen-related problems including pregnancies suicides, substance abuse, runaways, prison and...

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Divorce Varies by State

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One of the things that many people don’t realize about divorce is that it’s not a federally defined issue. Like many things in life, the states have their own ability to define divorce statutes, and that means that there are fifty different interpretations of the same situation across the United States. Individual divorces have to be approached on a specific, state by state basis, but there are some things that you should know about state definitions on the whole. One of the things...

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Divorce Terms – D

Aug 8, 2012 by

DAMAGES –The financial damage caused by the actions of another person. DEBTOR – A person who owes money. DECREE – The final decision made by the judge on a divorce. DEFAULT ORDER OR JUDGMENT – A judgment made solely on the petitioners complaints due to lack of presence of the respondent.  DEFENDANT – The spouse (respondent) who defends against the lawsuit filed by the opposing spouse (petitioner). DEFERRED ANNUITY A stream of income that will begin at some...

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Cohabitation Threat

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A recent study released by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values found that although divorce used to be the biggest threat to marriage in the United States in years past, cohabiting households represent the largest threat to the quality and stability of children’s family lives in the United States today. The report shows that an increasing number of U.S. couples are deciding to have children without being married and that decision places those children at...

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Assets, Debts & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

Divorces are rarely easy and often made more difficult by property settlement issues. Keeping track and dividing marital property is often one of the primary issues during a divorce. In community property states everything earned during the marriage is owned equally by both spouses. The same mandate applies to debts as well. Even if only one spouse racked up the debts during a marriage, the other spouse is still responsible for half. It doesn’t matter whether the debts are due to credit...

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Dividing Real Estate

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It is a fact of life that many divorcing couples decide to sell their home at the time of their breakup. Even though a home is often the greatest single asset a married couple owns, it can also become the greatest single point of contention in a divorce. A home has both financial and emotional value, and what happens to the house after a divorce can be a real problem when the emotions over ride the financial considerations. Whether a divorcing couple decides to sell their home or not, the...

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Coping With Life After Divorce

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It’s not unusual that a difficult divorce can make life seem a little uneven or out of whack. After enduring a marital split the last thing most people want to think about is adding more tasks to the to-do list, however there may still be unfinished business to take care of before life falls back into a normal pace. The worst may be over, but that doesn’t mean you’re finished with the process forever. In order to win back some peace of mind and regain confidence in life, there...

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Domestic Violence & Divorce

Aug 8, 2012 by

The stress and tension of divorce causing episodes of domestic violence is unfortunately all too common in the U.S. and Canada today. The statistics show that women are far more likely to be victims than men and some studies have estimated that as many as 30% of all divorces in some U.S. states will involve domestic violence of some kind. A survey from Canada showed that about one in five women said marital breakdown was the cause of domestic violence in their relationships. The emotional and...

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