International Divorce Laws

In the case that one wants to serve divorce papers to a spouse in another country there are specific rules to follow. The most simple way to go about this is to have your request published in the court records and to send the papers by certified mail. The publication service is made to start the divorce legally, however, there is not any court jurisdiction regarding alimony, etc., until the papers are officially served in the USA. The process of service by publication is quite common in the case of international divorce or if it's not possible to find a spouse.
In order to be sure this process is relevant, the best thing to do is to speak to a professional family lawyer who is specialized in international divorce. There are also many valid online sites that can offer family law consulting and will let users review their public Q&A sections for free. Note that divorce laws vary around the world, so it depends also where you were married and where both spouses are from. Every country in the world has it's own unique laws besides the Philippines and Vatican City, where there is only the annulment of a marriage.

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