How do I get a divorce from my husband who is in Indonesia?

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How do I get a divorce from my husband who is in Indonesia?

My husband went back to Indonesia and I want a divorce. He left me with a lot of expences like a car note bills, etc. I am disabled and can’t work.

Asked on June 21, 2017 under Family Law, South Carolina

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Obtaining a divorce when one of the spouse's lives outside the U.S. is a bit more complicated that if they were residing in the U.S. Every state's divorce laws are different but all require that as long as just one spouse meets the state's residency requirement, a divorce can be filed there, even if the other spouse lives outside of the country. You will have to serve your husband notice of the divorce proceedings. If you don't know his exact address in Indonesia, then you can publish notice in a newspaper (known as "divorce by publication"). If your spouse does not answer within the legal time period specified, then the court can grant a divorce on the terms that you request. The exact steps for serving your spouse overseas or for filing for a "divorce by publication" are set by state law. You should speak directly to a local divorce attorney; they can best advise you further.


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