Divorce Involving A Foreign Citizen

With marriages between California residents and foreign citizens becoming increasingly common, it seems inevitable that divorce between citizens of different countries should become more common as well.

At The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson, based in Huntington Beach, our lawyers have handled a number of divorces between California residents and foreign citizens. We are here to protect your interests in the legal process through negotiation, and if necessary, litigation. Call 714-362-2413 for a free initial consultation.

Resolving The Issues Of International Divorce

When divorce occurs in California, California laws apply to issues such as the division of marital property, child custody and support. However, when dealing with an international divorce, the task of resolving these issues can become more complex, especially when children are involved and one parent wishes to relocate.

Here are just some of the issues that can arise when a U.S. citizen divorces a citizen from a foreign county:

  • If the marriage lasted less than two years, the non-U.S. citizen may lose legal residency.
  • If the non-U.S. citizen takes children to a foreign country, the other parent may have difficulty getting them back. Visits can be costly.
  • Enforcing child custody and support orders following divorce can be more difficult if your ex lives in a different country.
  • Marital property division can be complicated by assets held or transferred to a foreign country.
  • Cultural differences can make your divorce even more difficult emotionally.

Prior to filing for divorce, we encourage you talk with one of our knowledgeable attorneys concerning the issues that may be present in your situation. Our goal is to protect your interests and resolve your divorce as favorably as possible.

For More Information About Divorce Involving A Foreign Citizen

If you or your spouse is a foreign citizen, and you are seeking a divorce, call 714-362-2413 or complete our simple contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.