3 Tips for Starting an International Divorce

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Jan 22, 2024 | Content

It might surprise you to hear that 1 in every 10 people living here in Georgia was born in another country. We are a state full of immigrants from places like Iran, Mexico, India, Jamaica, Korea, and Guatemala — Atlanta Divorce Law Group founder Sara Khaki included! We love that our state is a melting pot, but that diversity can sometimes make divorce complicated.

If you live in Georgia and your spouse lives in your home country or had to move somewhere abroad for work, it might seem impossible to legally divorce them. Luckily, that is not the case! An international divorce is entirely possible as long as you have the right attorney. Here are three tips for a successful international divorce. Reach out to our firm for more individualized guidance from a compassionate advocate.

Initial Steps To Take for an International Divorce

There are a few steps you will need to take to formally start the international divorce process. This includes:

  1. File a petition for divorce at your local court. To do this, you just need to meet the state and local residency requirements.
  2. Either deliver a divorce summons to your spouse OR ask them to sign an affidavit confirming they have been served. The latter is much easier because your spouse can do it remotely. However, if they do not cooperate, our team will help you chase them down and serve them in person if we have to.
  3. Wait for a determination of local authority. The state of Georgia may or may not have the power to dictate your spouse’s actions. Their level of control depends on factors like your spouse’s citizenship, where they live, whether child custody is involved, and how you plan to divide your property.

Those are just three of the many hoops you will need to jump through to complete an international divorce. Fortunately, you don’t have to figure out the details alone.

Rely on a Georgia International Divorce Attorney for Legal Guidance

If you or someone you know is starting this process, make sure you have an experienced international divorce attorney at your side! At the Atlanta Divorce Law Group, our team has the knowledge, experience, and compassion to help you get through your divorce and start the next chapter of your life. Call our firm today to begin reviewing the details of your situation with an advocate from our firm.


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