Legal advice for divorce while overseas?
February 27, 2008 6:42 PM Subscribe
Pending Divorce Filter: What legal resources are there for a soon-to-be-single mom working abroad?
I'm looking for legal help for a friend of mine who is going through a separation and a divorce abroad. Dropping a few details to keep this anonymous, so apologies if some of those details are important.
-4 y.o. daughter, mostly dependent on mother
-Marriage in States, on east coast
-First few years of marriage on west coast
-Moved to Europe
-Mother wishes to stay in Europe, as Europe offers stable employment in her profession and would allow her to stay in one city and raise her kid. (USA doesn't offer the same)
-Father wishes to move back to west coast and work there.
-Father doesn't want sole custody, but would prefer if mother lived on west coast
-Mother is somewhat concerned that if the father files for divorce on the west coast, that she will be compelled to move there at least for the duration of the divorce proceedings (which sound like in some states can take 3 years, effectively forcing her to find a new career).
Due to the complexity of multiple states/countries involved in this, where should she get legal advice? Is there even such a thing as an international divorce attorney? Especially appreciated would be cheap or free options [legal advice hotlines or what-not], but if less-cheap options are what will provide the right information, than those are the way to go.