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: 9160
Experience:  Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
7286322
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
characters left:
9 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
 
 
 

Questions about International Marriage Laws

In today’s global society, international marriages and marriages between individuals of different nationalities are becoming increasingly common. This can lead to complications because of differences in the laws, cultures and practices of different countries. Doubts about the legal standing of a marriage, and questions about your rights are bound to arise in such situations. Legal experts on JustAnswer receive and answer a number of questions about international marriages. Below are a few of them.

Is an international marriage or a marriage in a different country recognized as legal in the USA?

There are a myriad of international marriage requirements and procedures around the world. The marriage law in different countries may not be the same as the marriage law in USA. While a marriage in many countries is recognized by the United States, it is important to be sure that your marriage will be legally recognized both in the country of your marriage and the United States. For instance, civil ceremonies are accepted as "marriage" in many foreign countries whereas a religious ceremony by itself is generally not enough to meet the United States definition of marriage and meet international marriage requirements. If you are planning to get married overseas, you can consult an attorney or ask a Lawyer on JustAnswer whether a marriage in the country of your choice would be considered legal in the USA.

If someone from Wales overstayed their visa by one year in the US and got married, is the marriage valid? Will overstaying the visa term disbar him from entering the US in the future?

There should be no reason why that marriage would not be valid. While the marriage itself would be valid, in order to get a divorce at any time, the person from Wales would have to file for a divorce in the United States. When someone overstays a visa, it results in a 10-year ban on entering the country. Since he overstayed for 1 year, he cannot come back into the USA for 10 years. This could pose a problem if there should be a need to file for a divorce before the expiry of the 10 year ban. To find out what legal recourse you may have if faced with a similar situation, you can ask a Lawyer on JustAnswer.

If someone gets married in Mexico, do they have the same marital rights in the USA?

An international marriage is generally recognized as valid in the USA as long as the marriage is recognized as a valid marriage in the country where the marriage took place. In other words, if both partners were old enough to enter into the marriage, the marriage was voluntary, the marriage is not bigamous, the marriage is between a man and a woman, etc., there is no reason why the marriage would not be recognized in the USA. Assuming that there is nothing unusual about the international marriage, each partner has the same rights that a partner married inside the U.S. would have.

If a couple would like to avoid the community property marriage laws in California and other U.S. states, where could they go outside of the U.S. to marry to make their union religious but legally invalid in the United States?

You can have a religious ceremony anywhere and you simply do not go to the local authorities and take out a marriage license; if a marriage license is not requested at the local city or town hall and none is filed there, then any ceremony that you have with each other will not be considered legal. This is a common practice among celebrities. You could go to a church or any place of faith of your choice. You may be able to find a priest to marry you and cooperate by not insisting on a marriage license and not filing a marriage license with the local authorities after the ceremony. It is the marriage license that makes the ceremony legal, not the ceremony itself. This is true in most countries, including the USA. You would simply need to decide on where you want to get married.

If a US Judge determined that an overseas marriage was based on fraud and it was annulled in the US, could that US petitioner be considered a single and unmarried person before the annulment due to the conscious effort on the immigrants part to disappear once stateside?

Typically, an annulment voids the marriage. In other words, it would be as if the marriage never happened. An annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null. Unlike divorce, it is usually retroactive, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning almost as if it had never taken place (though some jurisdictions provide that the marriage is only void from the date of the annulment). You would need to check on the legal provisions of your jurisdiction.

Family Lawyers on JustAnswer can answer your questions about this and any other questions you may have about international marriage.

Ask a Family Lawyer

Ely
Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 9160
Experience:  Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
7286322
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
characters left:
9 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: 21618
23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
Dr. Y.
Urologist
Satisfied Customers: 18628
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 International Marriage Questions

  • My wife and I have been married for 14 years this November

    My wife and I have been married for 14 years this November 4th and are talking about divorce. We have an 11 and 14 year old. My wife stays at home and I bring in 85k a year.
    Would like feedback on two scenarios:
    1. We both live in the same town, in Florida, and she gets a job and we have two rentals. If she makes around 40K, what should I expect to pay to her monthly for alimony and child support? We would be living roughly 15 minutes apart and would share in child responsibilities evenly.
    2. There is a potential agreement between us that we may let her move from Florida to Nebraska. The reason is that she has extended family support, everything is much cheaper i.e. you can rent a 3 bedroom home on 5 acres for 500 dollars a month, plus her parents are older so she would like to spend time with them. I am fine with this option as long as I can see my kids fairly frequently. I work from home so can travel to the town every few months plus I would have time over the summer. If this situation occurs and my wife makes around 25k per year there, where the cost of living is substantially less OR she decides to go back to school for nursing or a teaching degree, what should I be ensuring I pay my wife for alimony and child support to take care of them for some period?
  • My son is incarcerated as a result of an assault on his wife.

    My son is incarcerated as a result of an assault on his wife. They have a house and property, two vehicles, and household furniture, some of which was given to them by us as parents. The wife has allegedly sold the truck that belonged to him, and is attempting to sell other items. We are getting a POA to act in his behalf. Mississippi is not a community property state. What rights are we afforded to restrict the sale of any and all property?
  • My daughter is in the process of getting a divorce. She is

    My daughter is in the process of getting a divorce. She is meeting with her husband's lawyer Tuesday. Since Wisconsin is a "community property" state, she is under the impression that she will have to give up 1/2 of her pension to her unemployed husband once she retires, and she appears willing to do this. She stated to me last night that there has to be compromise on her part and that money just isn't that important to her. She is now 42. Is this accurate? She wants to get the whole divorce over with ASAP. It has already been close to a year since the breakup. She is thinking that agreeing to his lawyer's term will speed the process along. Child custody has already been agreed upon with her agreeing to whatever her husband wanted. I'm afraid that if this meeting goes the same way she will give up whatever he wants just to have it over with, and of course he is in it for all he can get. Is there any advice I can give her or any way I can help? She has 5 children, ranging from 2 to 18 years old and he is under the impression that he won't have to pay any child support either, since he has no income and no means of even supporting himself. She has always been his free ticket through life and he doesn't want to loose it.
< Last | Next >
View More Family Law Questions