With the rise of social media and dating apps, people are able to communicate with others all over the country and different parts of the world. Whether it’s through texting, video calls, emails or the like, long distance relationships have certainly become a popular form of connecting with others. Additionally, people may travel to other parts of the country or world for work or vacation. As a result, many marriages are between spouses from different states or countries, and many children are born into families with parents from two different countries or states. This can complicate divorce, child custody, and other family law matters tremendously.
Interstate and international family law disputes occur when couples from different states or countries decide to file for divorce, paternity/parentage, child custody, or support in California.
At LLM Family Law, our team understands the complexities that come with interstate and international family law disputes. With over 70 years of combined experience, our team is highly skilled in providing legal representation to ensure your rights are protected. If you are facing a contentious interstate or international family law dispute, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for legal help. We can help you every step of the way.
A California court is authorized to make orders and judgments concerning people in other countries as long as it has jurisdiction to do so. The requirements for jurisdiction depend on the subject matter of the order. For example, the jurisdiction requirements for a child custody issue differ from those for a child support issue.
In addition to jurisdiction, several other hurdles arise when dealing with a party in another country, including service of process, which may be regulated by international treaties and/or foreign laws. Another hurdle in such cases is discovery, because obtaining depositions, financial records, property records, and other documents in foreign countries can be extremely complicated. And a judgment or order obtained in California may need to be enforced in the foreign country, which may require the initiation of enforcement proceedings in that country.
A California court may also be authorized to enforce judgments and orders from other countries, which generally requires the initiation of enforcement proceedings in California.
Our team is highly experienced in handling these types of cases and understands the complex laws associated with international family law matters. If you have any questions regarding this matter, then it is best to consult with a trusted international family lawyer as soon as possible. Our team will review your case and take the necessary steps to make matters right.
Ultimately, it is our goal to ensure that your rights are protected and your children’s interests are promoted. If you are in need of an international family law attorney, contact our team for a consultation.
As with people in other countries, California courts can make orders and judgments concerning people in other states provided it has jurisdiction to do so. And as with family law cases involving people from other countries, family law cases involving people from other states come with heightened complexities. Thankfully, the procedures for interstate service, discovery, and enforcement, are usually more streamlined than their international counterparts, due in part to federal and uniform state laws mandating cooperation on these issues. If you are facing an interstate family law dispute, then it is best to consult with one of our interstate family lawyers to ensure that your rights and your child’s best interests are protected.
When it comes to the safety and well-being of your child that involves family law disputes, you should have an experienced interstate and international family lawyer on your side. Our team is here to help provide the best legal representation and guidance possible. Contact us to learn how we can help.
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