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Second opinion] - I recently moved to Tennessee All of my

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Second opinion] - I recently moved to Tennessee All of my divorce case was filed in will county Illinois by my ex wife. What State do I obtain a lawyer?
JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: I am in Tennessee, my divorce case is in Illinois
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: All has been filed in Will County Illinois, but I live in Tennessee and am now needing a lawyer?
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I want to know if I can continue my case from here In Tennessee? or do I have to go back to Illinois? I am trying to avoid travel as it will conflict with my job.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 month ago.

Hi,

I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

You want a lawyer in Illinois. Lawyers must be licensed in any state where they practice, and you're not likely to find a lawyer licensed in both Tennessee and Illinois. Once a divorce is filed in one state, the courts will not transfer it to another. If you wife hadn't filed for divorce yet, you potentially could file in Tennessee, but there's a 6 month residency requirement before you could file AND you have to be living separate and apart for two years, so you'd have to wait.

An Illinois lawyer can travel to most of the hearings for you, although you may have to travel if the case goes to trial. Your lawyer can request that you be allowed to appear and testify by telephone if you cannot make it back.

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Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 month ago.

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