How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask a Family Lawyer

Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 9157
Experience:  Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
7286322
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
characters left:
5 Family Lawyers are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Comity Related Questions

Comity is a code that interacts in courts of different states, and foreign countries. Courts will normally agree to a trial if the same issues are being tried in another jurisdiction. Courts in this country agree to recognize and enforce legal contacts and court orders of another country. Comity usually comes up in situations of family law. Either it is a divorce that is granted in another country, or child custody cases. Many questions come up when dealing with comity and whether another state or countries will recognize it. Although, not all countries will recognize everything the United States does. Contact an Expert for all the legal questions on comity.

If an American citizen married a person in Jamaica how do they go about divorcing this person, because of wrongful marriage?

As long as they meet the residency requirements of the state they reside in, in most situations they can file there regardless of where the spouse is located and where they were married. If they don’t meet the requirements in Jamaica, they can divorce in the United States, and Jamaica will recognize the divorce under the common law of comity. They are not required to register the marriage in the United States or file any paperwork.

If two United State citizens were married in Canada will the United States recognize the marriage?

The Principle of Comity a sovereign nation will recognize the act of another nation as long as they were done according to the laws and the acts don’t offend the public policy.

As long as Canada will recognize the marriage the United States will as well. There are three government agencies that should be aware of the marriage if the female spouse is taking her husband’s last name:
1. Social Security Administration
2. DMV
3. Passport Agency- this is not mandatory but they many want to have their passport re-issued in their married name if they are taking it.

After they have their new Social Security Card with their married name and their new drivers license they will then need to go to the bank and add their spouse on the account, and vice versa.

If two Filipino residents marry in the United States, and divorce in the United States, will the divorce be recognized in the Philippines?

To answer the above question would be, no in most situations. Divorces that were entered legally in one country will be recognized as a matter of comity in almost any country, but there are limitations to that. The main one that applies to this would be recognition of that decree would violate the public policy of the country that is being asked to recognize it. The Philippines does not allow divorce, only annulment. While every state in the United States and every country over the world would recognize the divorce, the Philippines would not, because it would be against their public policy to divorce. They would have to get an annulment via Filipino law to no longer be married in the Philippines.

If someone is divorced in Mexico is it recognized in the United States?

In many cases yes, the United States court will normally recognize the divorce as long as it was based upon the doctrine of comity. This means that the parties must have a reasonable notice of the hearing, there was a neutral third party, and the judgment does not offend the sense of judgment. Mexican divorces are normally recognized in the United States.

Is a divorce in Haiti legal or recognized in New Mexico?

If the divorce is obtained lawfully and with ‘comity’, then it will be recognized. Comity means that both parties are equally represented in lawful, unbiased proceeding with basic rights. So, the answer would be yes, it would generally be recognized as long as the divorce is proven and granted in comity.

When someone gets married overseas, and they are either wanting the marriage or the divorce to be recognized in the United States, they may not know whether it will be or not. That is where comity comes into play. Contact an Expert on JustAnswer to get insight and which steps should be taken in order for the marriage or divorce to be recognized in another country.

Ask a Family Lawyer

Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 9157
Experience:  Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
7286322
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
characters left:
5 Family Lawyers are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Family Lawyers are online & ready to help you now

Ron
ASE Certified Technician
Satisfied Customers: 21597
23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
Dr. Y.
Urologist
Satisfied Customers: 18604
I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
John
Home Appliance Technician
Satisfied Customers: 13453
Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.

Recent Comity Questions

  • anyone know which state will recognize Haiti divorce? mainly

    anyone know which state will recognize Haiti divorce? mainly New York, Nevada, Connecticut
  • Wife withdrew all funds from bank accounts. Went to finland

    Wife withdrew all funds from bank accounts. Went to finland with my share of cash $70,000.00. She petitioned for divorce in finland. I received all documents in finnish. California judge would like petitioner and attorney for respondent to review cases of Comity. I want my share of the money back. How many comity cases can you suggest I read. Example: judge recommended a few cases, one is Harlan VS Harlan. What others can I read before the next hearing October9. I am my own representation.
  • I am a returning customer. There were messages from you asking

    I am a returning customer. There were messages from you asking if we had further questions on the same subject. These are the further questions and I had the impression that the earlier payment would cover this as well. As such, if the payment I make today is not needed, please refund.

    ATTENTION OF SOCRATEASER please.


    Further questions on the same subject as before.

    If you need clarifications concerning Australia Law, please ask, we can get responses and forward to you.

    (In responding to the queries below, would you please quote the California Law clauses (not Case Law only), stating also the name of the Legal Document being quoting from? Would you also please provide the same information for the earlier (well appreciated) reply?

    NEW INFORMATION MAINLY ABOUT EVENTS AFTER THE EARLIER SUBMISSION

    1. Same man (M) and same woman (F). same child (C)

    2. F returned to Australia early June with M and C

    3. About 1 week after returning to Australia, F told M that she and C would not be returning at this time to the US. M had been thinking his return to the US would be along with F and C.

    4. Arising from the above change, M has already returned to the US (not at the end of the month as planned), hoping that F and C would be following later, after F’s father returning to health, following 2 haemorrhagic strokes in the past 4 weeks.

    5. At this point, F thinks such return is not a possibility. However, M is aware that F and C remaining in Australia is indefinite, considering the circumstances.

    6. While M now lives in California for his work as a Marine, his Family of Origin is in New York and Pennsylvania. His connection with them is fairly close.

    7. The relationship between M and F has not been healthy. There were weekly visits to a counsellor by both of them. The relationship has been marked by significant bullying and threats of physical violence by M towards F.

    8. F expects another child in mid-November.


    ISSUE A - LONG TERM AND FINANCIAL

    9. M told F that without F and C having Social Security numbers, M cannot file retirement papers (retirement can take place end 2013). F thinks this is unlikely.

    10. F is not agreeable to C getting dual citizenship - Australian and US. F has stated this to M, and stated a refusal to sign any relevant documents for obtaining such dual citizenship.

    11. M has said that he wishes to make C the beneficiary (or a beneficiary) of his pension and of a Will that he intends preparing. M has said this will not be possible unless C has a Social Security number. This is a matter of concern for F, who considers such requirement unlikely. F would like to know if C cannot be a beneficiary – of pension and Will - without a Social Security number.

    12. In the past 8 weeks, M purchased a house with the aid of a bank loan. To enable such a loan from the bank, F was required, by M and by the bank, to sign away any and all claims on that house. F wonders if such signing-away, for which she was denied any legal advice, is valid, and if it would remain valid in the event of a divorce and property settlement.

    13. F is aware that the (Govt) Child Support Agency of Australia has reciprocal arrangements with corresponding Govt bodies in the US to ensure child support is paid, even if a formal separation or divorce takes place. F wishes to know of any pitfalls or difficulties that may arise in this.


    ISSUE B - WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND THEIR CONTACT WITH PARENTS

    14. F fears that in the event of a formal separation or a divorce, C – when older - will be required to travel to the US to spend time with M, the father. F is deeply concerned about the risks in doing this, because from her knowledge of examples, there is a significant possibility of M taking C to (for example) Mexico or a South American country, and “vanishing” with C, thus preventing any further contact with F - in effect F loses C. F wishes to take all possible precautions to minimise or eliminate this eventuality. F seeks guidance for this.


    ISSUE C - A DIVORCE

    15. F is concerned a divorce could happen, and is deeply worried about difficulties she considers could – and would - arise if M initiates a divorce in the US , while F and C remain in Australia. F fears an international custody battle.

    16. Even if such does not occur, F gathers that M, on retirement, would prefer to remain in the US East Coast, close to his Family of Origin, and not return to Australia to reside.

    17. Considering the above and any other relevant issues, F wonders what options M could be having and considering, that F would be well advised to prepare for.

    18. In conclusion, F would like to know of any other considerations overall, that you may wish to suggest F should act on or prepare for.


    ATTENTION OF SOCRATEASER PLEASE
< Last | Next >
View More Family Law Questions