Money-wise, contracting a New Orleans Divorce Lawyer is your best course of action when questions arise regarding the validity and/or dissolution of your foreign marriage. A lot of these questions arise when discussing the circumstances regarding foreign marriages. Each of these circumstances adds a layer of complexity that can be daunting for anyone trying to dissolve their marriage.
The dissolution of foreign marriages is an expensive venture given its complex nature. As such, a party to a foreign marriage will greatly benefit from investing in the services of a New Orleans Divorce Lawyer. Our discussion aims to demonstrate the complexity of the dissolution of foreign marriages that in turn, result in monetary expenses. For the sake of brevity, we will look at the scenario of a marriage established in another country that culminated in a divorce in Louisiana (Ghassemi v. Ghassemi, 2008.).
In Ghassemi v. Ghassemi, the couple married in Iran sometime in the 1970’s and had a child there. Later on, the husband relocated to Louisiana and “married” two other women and “divorced” once… not necessarily in that order. Seventeen years later, the husband made arrangements to bring his kid to Louisiana. He made no effort to bring his wife stateside.
The wife would eventually make it to the U.S. almost 30 years after getting married. The wife filed for divorce, spousal support (alimony), and partition of community property (divvy up the goods) soon after arriving in Louisiana. In other words, she wanted to divide all the assets the husband had accumulated in Louisiana since the marriage was initially consummated in Iran (Technically, they still execute people by stoning in Iran).
The husband said they were never married in the first place because the marriage was invalid in the United States. He contended that the marriage was invalid because the wife was his first cousin. Such marriages were illegal in Louisiana even though they are legal in Iran. The Court held the foreign marriage was valid and as such, the wife was entitled to proceedings for divorce, spousal support, and partition of community property. To keep it brief, the Court reasoned that since the marriage was established in Iran (where kissing cousins could marry), the local courts had to defer to Iranian law. The Court held that promulgating the institution of marriage was a greater public good than keeping kissing cousins from marrying. The end result was that this particular foreign marriage was still valid.
In this case, the wife had the foresight to seek a New Orleans Divorce Lawyer’s services before the husband had a chance to publicly allege the invalidity of said marriage. Because of this, the wife had a great return for her initial investment in the services of a (New Orleans) Divorce Lawyer. When it comes to foreign marriages, the first party to ‘lawyer up’ with a New Orleans Divorce Lawyer is the first party to get a return on their investment. In layman’s terms, first come, first served.
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*Eric Vazquez is an independent writer with more than 10 years experience in the legal field…..
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