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I was married in South Africa to a Moroccan who has since become an American citizen. I am assigned overseas with the State Department and he has since separated himself from me to return to the U.S. for employment. He resides in New Jersey and my home of record is Iowa. May I file a "no contest" divorce in Iowa?

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

He resides in New Jersey.

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

I talked to one that said he could help me in Iowa, but he said something about my spouse winning because of jurisdiction?

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

It would be no contest - no children and no financial disputes.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: RayAnswers, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Here if it is agreed to you could file in Iowa there would be no one to challenge.If it is not agreed to then likely you cannot claim jurisdiction.The safe play is filing in NJ then if you cannot agree you are able to proceed.You will need a lawyer here because of distance.

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