Q: Moving to another state to file divorce?
I am currently in a terrible marriage and would like to get divorced (living in MI) but i have no where to go or any financial support other than my family who lives in UT, my plan is to move to UT with my child and file for divorce, is there a certain way i should start this process?
A: You should immediately and privately consult with a lawyer in Utah to inquire about the state’s requirements to file for divorce. Many states have a waiting period for new residents before someone can file for divorce. Also, if your spouse has no connection to Utah, then an Utah court would not enjoy “personal jurisdiction” over him. Lastly, even if you move to another state, your husband can still file for divorce in Michigan and Utah will defer to Michigan regarding child custody-relayed issues unless at least six months have elapsed from the date you relocated.
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