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I was married in California several years ago, my wife sent

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I was married in California several years ago, my wife sent me finalized divorce papers from Georgia which I signed and sent back to her. We are divorced in Georgia, are we divorced in California too or must I fill out paper work here in Los Angeles?
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Boris Schaetz


Thank you for the information and your question. If your divorce was finalized in Georgia, then you are divorced, no matter what jurisdiction you live in. All states give equal recognition of legal precedent and actions in other States, if there was jurisdiction in the original action. This is the same idea as when you get married in one state and it is valid in all States. That said, you will want to read the paperwork to make sure that all issues were covered in the divorce decree. If you have children and they are with you in CA, then child custody would be under the jurisdiction of CA courts and a separate issue.

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