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Can you modify an out of state divorce decree, if both

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Can you modify an out of state divorce decree for alimony, if both parties do not live in the state where the divorce took place? I currently reside in Massachusetts.
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Sorry, but no. If neither party lives in the state any longer, then that state no longer has jurisdiction. The suit to modify alimony would have to be brought in the state of whether EITHER SPOUSE lives - most commonly in the state where the paying party lives, but not always.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
your saying that I can't modify the divorce? Although, neither myself nor my ex- spouse lives in Louisiana. I would like to modify without going back to LA. I just don't understand if both parties do not live in the state of the divorce, why I shouldn't be able to modify it here in Massachusetts? Thank you
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
if I can modify divorce here in Massachusetts- what could I file under? Such as "enforcement to modify".
Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
Let us take a step back. Please tell me:
1) What state was the divorce finalized in?
2) What state do you live in?
3) What state does your ex live in?
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
The divorce was finalized in Louisiana. I live in Massachusetts and my ex- spouse lives in California. We were married for 18 years and I was a stay at home mom.
Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago

Thank you.

Yes, it is possible to modify to file for a divorce decree. Since neither live in LA anymore, then either Mass or CA would have jurisdiction since a party lives in either state.

If filing in Massachusetts, the pleading would be COMPLAINT FOR MODIFICATION, but would also require COMPLAINT TO REGISTER FOREIGN JUDGMENT/DECREE as well, to register the matter in one's state.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Where would I add alimony under modification complaint or register to foreign judgment
Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago

Modification complaint.

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