Which state has jurisdiction in a divorce?
A: The home state of the child has custody jurisdiction, unless one state asserts continuing jurisdiction. The state that rendered the original custody decree can assert jurisdiction in any modification proceeding as long as one of the parties remains a resident and that state has jurisdiction under its own laws.
Can I move out of state during a divorce?
In California, at least one party must be a resident of the state and county where the divorce is filed. If you move out of state before the divorce is filed or while the case is pending, you can still handle the case in a California court if your spouse continues to meet the residency requirements.
How do I divorce my spouse in another state?
If you and your spouse live in different states but want to divorce, it is possible to do so. Still, you need to meet the residency requirements of the state where you file for divorce. If your spouse filed for divorce first in a different state, that filing and that state’s laws usually control the proceeding.
What determines jurisdiction in divorce?
The marital status is the “res” or thing which “exists,” and serves as a basis of jurisdiction in the state of the domicile of either party. As such, a state in which either spouse is domiciled has jurisdiction through its courts to terminate the marriage by granting a divorce decree.
Is it better to be the plaintiff or defendant in a divorce?
There is one advantage to being the one to file the divorce. The person who files the divorce, under the code of civil procedure, is called the plaintiff and the other party is called the defendant. Another advantage to being a plaintiff is the way a non-suit is handled under the code of civil procedure.