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I have met someone in Mexico that I would like to marry. She

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I have met someone in Mexico that I would like to marry. She has been seperated from her husband for 5 years. Everytime she has tried to divorce him, he acts like he will go through with the divorce, then backs out at the last moment. She has a passport and visa. My question is. If she comes to the states is there anyway to have the marriage ended.

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My name is XXXXX XXXXX my goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation. Before I can give you an accurate answer to your question, please provide the following additional information:

In which state would your girlfriend be residing in the states? Would she stay long enough to establish residency?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

We would be living in Georgia. The goal is for us to be married, so I assume she would be there long enough to assume residency. Of course here visa is only good for 180 days at a time.

I see. Thank you for providing this additional information, Ron.

The only way she could typically obtain a divorce in the states would involve establishing residency in the state where she intends to live. In GA, the law normally requires that one of the spouses to a divorce proceeding have established residency in the state for 6 months preceding the filing of the petition for dissolution.

Here is a link which summarizes the law on this issue:

However, because she is not a resident of the states, your girlfriend should consult with a local immigration law attorney to ensure she properly establishes residency in the state.

If she filed a petition for dissolution after the 6 month period and her spouse did not contest the court's jurisdiction, she could typically obtain a no-fault divorce even over her spouse's objections. However, if he did contest her residency in GA, then she should be prepared to prove that she did properly establish residency even though she is not a citizen of the states.

This option would normally represent her best option for seeking a divorce even over her spouse's objections.

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