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This jurisdiction issue can get tricky, because it is possible that more than one court can have jurisdiction, and it is possible that different courts can have jurisdiction over different issues. For just the divorce itself (dissolving the marriage), if she has lived in FL for the required time period, and you have lived in your state for the required time period, it is possible that two different states can address the dissolving the marriage. However, there is a different answer if you are asking about property distribution, or child custody, or child support. Do you have any of those issue that will need to be decided?
Ok, thank you for that. Normally filing first would be controlling and the case that was filed 2nd would be dismissed. Does that make sense?