We’ve all seen movies and TV shows where people fly off to some exotic locale and return divorced the next day. Most people would be thrilled to get their divorce over and done with in a day, but that is an unrealistic and unwise goal most of the time.
All U.S. states have residency requirements, which mean you must live in the state for a certain period of time before you can file for divorce there. In Arizona, you must reside in the state for 90 days. Nevada is often cited as the state best suited for a quickie divorce, but you still have to live there for six weeks prior to filing and the divorce procedure is not any faster if your spouse is contesting it.
It is possible to file for divorce in the Dominican Republic, however one spouse must appear in person. The divorce can proceed quickly there, however Dominican divorces are not universally recognized by all U.S. states so it is generally is not a good idea because you will likely need to get a second divorce back in the states. It also almost certainly guarantees that a divorce handled by an attorney who does not know you or have the time to consider all of your assets is likely to result in a divorce that does not protect all of your interests.
The best way to get a divorce that is speedy is to avoid a lengthy court procedure by using mediation or collaborative law in your home state to reach a fast settlement. Your attorney will advise you about your rights and the best possible settlements. Once you and your spouse reach an agreement about issues such as property division, spousal support, custody, and child support, your divorce can move very quickly.
The Sampair Group provides confidential and compassionate assistance with your divorce or family law case. We serve clients in Glendale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona. Schedule an appointment today.