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If a divorce is filed in the dominican republic with Fraudulent or untrue information, such as claiming desertion when both spouses lived together, is it still valid in Massachusetts? The marriage took place in Massachusetts and both spouses have a home and all assets in Massachusetts.

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We were married in Boston, Massachusetts. My husband has filed for divorce in the Dominican Republic claiming that i deserted him in Massachusetts but he actually came with me to the dominican republic where we have an apartment.

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My husband has left the home and i suspect he is living with another woman. Therefore if what i suspect is true, i want to file for divorce in massachusetts on the ground of adultery.

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Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do my very best to answer your legal questions.

Generally speaking, the court in Massachusetts will not second guess a valid divorce granted in another jurisdiction. So, if the divorce is lawful in the Dominican Republic, then it will be recognized in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts court will not hear evidence as to whether or not there was fraud in the divorce. That is something that must be argued in the Dominican Republic.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thank you that is helpful. Can i counter sue in Massachusetts-based court since tbe divorce was just filed?

Hi again.

If there is an open case in the DR, then the court in MA will not likely hear the case. They'll likely rule that your counterclaim is best heard in the DR with your spouse's claims.

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