Scottsdale, AZ asked in Civil Litigation and Divorce for New Jersey

Q: Can French citizens who married in NJ get divorce under NJ law?

We are both French citizens of no immigration status in the US. I reside in France while my husband resides in United Emirate. Can I proceed with divorce in NJ ? Does US have jurisdiction over the assets and properties in France should we get the verdict? Thank you

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Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek
Answered
  • Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: It is unlikely. New Jersey divorces couples who were legally married anywhere, as long as they satisfy the residency requirement. With rare exception, that means that at least once of you would have to live in New Jersey, and have been here for at least 12 consecutive months.

You should consult with an attorney who specializes in divorce in France.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
Answered
  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: For jurisdiction purposes, one or both of you must be a current resident of the state of New Jersey and must have lived in New Jersey for at least 1 continuous year. If you or your spouse have been residents of the state of New Jersey for at least 1 continuous year but temporarily moved out and are living elsewhere temporarily with the plan to return to New Jersey, we can talk about it. Otherwise, New Jersey has no jurisdiction to consider your divorce matter.

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