Q: I filed for divorce in Crawford county, AR, but fled my husband to IL. How do I transfer to here?
My husband and I lived in the same town, but I no longer know where he is. When conversing with an attorney with Crisis Center, she advised that I would have to "transfer" my case to the state I moved to, if it wasn't finalized. I haven't been able to reach her since. Dismissal wasn't spoken of, but that would be better for me, as I have limited income and fled after abuse and "stalking" including showing up in my neighborhood (quite far from where he lived) as well as "hacking" into social and email accounts. He threatened to kill me and sexually and physically assaulted me, so I couldn't go out of my apartment without panicking, especially when he would "drive by" on his mc or car. I still freak out when I see a car just the same color and style, 600 miles away. So, I have no desire to go return, even though my daughters and brothers are still there. I'm doing my best to do what I need to, but am looking for an attorney that's affordable, but that takes time. I fear him finding me
A: You could dismiss your case in AR, and then refile in IL. However, doing so could be a problem because the IL court probably doesn't have jurisdiction of your husband's person (based on the scant facts you have provided). You might have to go back to AR for your court appearances, and get divorced there. You really have to explain all of your facts to a divorce lawyer in person to get an accurate answer.
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