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I was married in Panama to a US citizen. He is still in

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I was married in Panama to a US citizen. He is still in Panama and I have resided in AZ since October of 2016. We want a divorce. How can I get a fast divorce

Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Arizona

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No

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I would like a fast divorce.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have a certificate from Panama that was filed verifying the marriage.
Family Lawyer: LegalGems, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

The US has jurisdiction over marital issues if one party resides in the US; the proper jursidiction is the county where the individual resides.

This is addressed in statute ARS 25-312; also please see here

If the divorce is not contested (as to alimony and property division) a decree can be entered within 60 days; if it goes to trial that generally adds several months on to the process.

The person outside of the US must be properly served; please see:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/judicial/country/panama.html

Normally it is best to hire a process server in that country, or a process server in this country that has affiliations.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I just paid $36 and have not received any information! Is a Mexican divorce\ recognized in US?
Family Lawyer: LegalGems, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Yes, the US does recognize divorces in other countries so long as the country follows US protocol re: notice to the other spouse and does not violate US public policy.

Please see here

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