Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.
Hello: This is Phillipsesq. Welcome to JustAnswer! I am reviewing your post, and I will post my response very shortly. Thank you for your patience.
Does your spouse live in the U.S.?
Thank you for the information.
If neither you nor your spouse live in the U.S. at the moment, you cannot file for divorce in the United States. You or your spouse MUST be residing in a State in the U.S. in order to file for divorce in that State. That is the current law.
I am sorry that I do not have better news for you.
Unfortunately, you may have interpreted what you read online incorrectly. You cannot file a divorce in those States without being a resident. That is, you must show that you reside there during your divorce petition. For South Dakota, you must reside there and continue to reside there for the duration of your divorce.
I was offline when you responded to my post.
I will opt out and give another Attorney the opportunity to further assist you.