If I’m stationed overseas, how doI obtain a divorce?

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If I’m stationed overseas, how doI obtain a divorce?

I am in the military stationed in Germany. I was married in Denmark 10 years ago and have a 1 year old. My wife does not currently work and I’m trying to figure out how I get divorce, do I have to pay alimony and how much child support do I have to pay? How long do I have to wait before the divorce is complete? My wife is a duel citizen of Germany an America and has lived in Germany all of her life.

Asked on October 3, 2011 under Family Law, California

Answers:

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you were married in the United States it is best that you get your divorce decree as well in the United States. This means that you should file your petition for dissolution in the county and state where you and your wife last resided in this country assuming you have resided here.

If you are planning on an amicable dissolution, then perhaps you and she can work together on this. I do recommend that you retain a family law lawyer in the United States who practices in the last county and state in this country where you and your wife resided to assist you with this process. Another possibility is to retain a Danish family law attorney since that is where you were married.

The problem is that given your current station in Germany and being married in Denmark, logistics may make getting the desired dissolution filed and concluded in a timely manner more difficult than what one would normally encounter.


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