This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on filing for divorce in Melbourne, Florida when your spouse is outside of the country. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many individuals do not know how to proceed when their spouse has moved out of the country but they wish to obtain a divorce. It is important to understand that it is still possible to file a case in these types of situations. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will assist people in better understanding their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with a Melbourne divorce lawyer. We also assist individuals in other Brevard County areas and throughout the state.
I addressed multiple topics over my recent articles. The issues which I discussed included:
- Filing for divorce when your spouse has left the country and their location is not known
- Filing for divorce when your spouse is outside of the country and you know their location
- Filing for divorce if your spouse has been deported
- Litigating a divorce case when your spouse is outside of the country
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these issues. First, spouses should be aware that they can still file for divorce even if their spouse is outside of the country. This is the case even if they do not know where exactly their spouse is located. In these cases, they can serve them through a method called “publication.” Second, it is important to understand that even if your spouse lives in another country, you may still file for divorce in Florida. The state only requires that you have been a “resident” for at least six months before filing. Third, one spouse can obtain a divorce even if the other spouse has been deported. Florida Courts will grant a divorce even if only one person is present for the proceedings, but the process may be time-consuming. Finally, commencing litigation against a spouse located in another country is possible even if the spouse does not come back to the United States for trial. They can request that the trial be handled remotely. However, there can be many challenges to overcome so it is important to consult with an experienced professional when handling such situations.
It can be very difficult to deal with a divorce when your spouse is overseas. These matters are complex and require multiple procedures to be followed. Taking matters into your own hands may only make matters worse or delay the process. Retaining an attorney with experience in handling such issues can make the process far less stressful for yourself. Our Melbourne divorce lawyer understands that you may be facing a serious situation and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation. We are looking forward to being of assistance. We also serve the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.