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  • What if my estranged husband in the Philippines won't sign divorce papers?

    I've been in the USA for three months on a tourist visa. I'm going to change my intent because I want to marry my boyfriend. I'm worried that my estranged husband in the Philippines won't sign divorce papers.

    We have been separated for 7 years. I have suffered physical and emotional abuse as well as being cheated on. Is there a way to get him to sign? I think he's doing this out of spite. Thank you in advance.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Vodka View Post
    I've been in the USA for three months on a tourist visa. I'm going to change my intent because I want to marry my boyfriend. I'm worried that my estranged husband in the Philippines won't sign divorce papers.

    We have been separated for 7 years. I have suffered physical and emotional abuse as well as being cheated on. Is there a way to get him to sign? I think he's doing this out of spite. Thank you in advance.
    In the US, one party of the marriage can unilaterally divorce without agreement from the other side.

    This is my personal opinion and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by newacct View Post
      In the US, one party of the marriage can unilaterally divorce without agreement from the other side.
      Even if the marriage was in the Philippines and the country does not recognize divorce?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vodka View Post
        Even if the marriage was in the Philippines and the country does not recognize divorce?
        Yes. As long as she lives here, she can file divorce here.

        This is my personal opinion and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by newacct View Post
          Yes. As long as she lives here, she can file divorce here.
          Thank you.. you have been very helpful.

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          • #6
            So if someone decides to divorce here, wouldn't the court system try to reach out to her estranged husband overseas? If they do reach out to him, what if he disagrees?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Pkumar View Post
              So if someone decides to divorce here, wouldn't the court system try to reach out to her estranged husband overseas? If they do reach out to him, what if he disagrees?
              Yes, you need to try to reach him. It's better if you can find him.

              It doesn't matter if he disagrees; he can't stop it. The court will settle any issues with finances and custody, etc.

              This is my personal opinion and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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