Posts Tagged ‘mutual consent divorce’

Top 10 Reasons International Couples Choose an Offshore Divorce

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Ever wondered why international couples such as expatriate workers often choose a country like Dominican Republic for their divorce?

Trying to end a marriage between international spouses can be a complicated, expensive and highly stressful affair. There are the usual difficulties faced by all couples, such as child custody matters and financial settlements. In addition, international couples face challenges related to the fact that they reside in different countries.

More and more international couples are recognizing the value of obtaining a fast divorce in an offshore country. So, according to our knowledge and experience dealing with the matter on a daily basis, here following are the top 10 reasons why so many couples are opting for an offshore divorce today:

1. Offshore divorces are fast.

Depending on the country you choose for your divorce, the process could take less than a day, and your final divorce may be legal in less than two weeks.

2. No complex residency requirements.

The majority of countries that are suitable for international offshore divorces have no residency requirements. Guam has a residency requirement of just 7 days.

3. Only one spouse has to travel.

If you and your spouse are in consent about the divorce, only one spouse needs to travel and appear in court. The other can simply grant power of attorney to a lawyer that will represent him or her in court. In fact, in the case of Unilateral divorce in Haiti even this requirement can be avoided.

4. Offshore divorces are inexpensive.

While some law firms and other businesses specializing in offshore divorce do charge substantial fees, in most cases you’ll pay approximately $2,000 to $5,000. This is a lot less than the costs involved in lengthy, drawn out international divorces.

5. Travel is one-time only.

If an international couple opts to divorce in one or the other’s country of residence, someone is going to have to travel – a lot. Trips back and forth between countries to attend court dates are very costly, not to mention time consuming and stressful.

6. Offshore divorces are easy.

You can hire a law firm or other specialized business to handle virtually all of the details involved in your offshore divorce, including travel arrangements and lodging.

7. Child custody and financial issues can be settled quickly.

Although you can obtain an offshore divorce even if you and your spouse aren’t in agreement about child custody and economic matters, it’s possible to settle them as part of your divorce if you prefer.

8. Widespread court recognition.

Offshore divorces are recognized in almost all jurisdictions if both spouses agree to the divorce.

9. Great vacation destinations.

Many places that offer easy international offshore divorces are great  vacation spots, such as the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

10. Confidentiality and privacy.

An offshore divorce doesn’t involve the spread of your personal information to various government agencies and the public.

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Expatriates Should Consider Por Vapor Divorce

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

If you’re an expatriate and you and your spouse are in mutual agreement about getting divorced, you may feel frustrated by the length of time this can take in the U.S. Depending on the US jurisdiction, you could have to wait as long as a year or even two to regain your status as a single individual. If you happen to be residing in certain foreign countries, the process could take even longer, as does the process for members of the military and armed forces.

Although your own or your spouse’s attorneys might not mention it, you do have another option for obtaining a divorce decree. Regardless of what country you reside in, you can obtain a speedy divorce in the Dominican Republic as long as you’re not a Dominican resident. This is a great solution for expatriates who don’t have the time or money to spend traveling to the U.S. to attend court hearings for months on end.

Legislation permitting a so-called 3-day divorce or por vapor divorce was passed into law in the Dominican Republic in 1971. Since then, law firms in the Dominican Republic have specialized in making por vapor divorces available to US and foreign citizens, including expatriates. It’s a very fast, easy and affordable option for couples who wish to divorce by mutual consent.
The beauty of a por vapor divorce is the ease with which it can be obtained. Only one spouse needs to travel to the Dominican Republic to appear before a judge. The other spouse simply needs to provide the visiting spouse with power of attorney. The divorce should be uncontested, and certain documents detailing the agreement need to be presented. The date with the judge must be set up ahead of time, as well. Following an audience with the judge, the agreement will be approved and the divorce is granted.

The entire cost of a por vapor divorce could involve a cost of as little as $4,500, including airfare and accommodations expenses. If you wish to stay longer than 3 days to enjoy spending time in the Caribbean, costs will of course be slightly higher.

If a por vapor divorce sounds ideal for your situation, take the time to do some legal research first. You can research information on your own regarding the legality of the divorce in your own jurisdiction. You should also seek the legal advice of a professional specializing in this type of divorce before making any arrangements to pursue obtaining a divorce in the Dominican Republic.

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Legal International Divorces

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Welcome to the VIP Divorce blog! At last a fast and efficient solution for your international divorce.

For too long, restrictive divorce laws have been shrouded in mystery. What is possibly one of the most important decisions you will ever make – emotionally, legally and financially – is something you need to understand yourself. Not something you should entrust to lawyers. By all means consult lawyers, but make sure you are the one in control.

International divorces (for example expat divorces, military divorces, and international divorce where the couple live in different countries) have always been particularly complicated, resulting in higher legal fees.

At last, we have the solution for your international divorce. The VIP Express Divorce Kit includes lots of information so you can start your own international divorce in Dominican Republic or Haiti by instructing lawyers over the internet from the comfort of your very own home! It’s so named (VIP Divorce) because many stars and showbiz personalities have gone for the quick, fast and efficient divorces available a short flight from Miami on the sunny Caribbean island of Hispaniola… or more precisely in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In the meantime, Haiti – another nation on the island of Hispaniolaa – offers an option for last resort option, for those who cannot track down or locate their spouse to seek his or her co-operation, but want to break free from the chains of matrimony in order to carry on living their lives.

International divorce is about empowerment of the individual. It’s about picking up the pieces and continuing life as an individual, free of the legal bond to a partner you who no longer makes you happy. We all make mistakes, and the majority of marriages worldwide end in divorce or separation. If it’s happened to you, the last thing you want to do is drag out this emotional trauma in court cases that can last years and cost many thousands of dollars.

Why waste your time? Instead, use the VIP Express Divorce Kit which includes all the papers necessary to instruct lawyers in the Dominican Republic to represent you at the international family law court there in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic. Dominican divorces are bilateral, meaning that both spouses must consent to the divorce.

These same lawyers can also represent you in Haiti where only one spouse needs to request the divorce. The fact that the person is legally petitioning for a divorce is acceptable as evidence of incompatibility.

Both Dominican and Haitian divorces are valid internationally. It is possible to obtain embassy legalization on the divorce decrees that give the recognition of, for example, the full faith and credit of the US government in the case of legalizations by the US embassy in Santo Domingo. Whether your offshore/international divorce will be accepted in your home state or country depends on a lot of factors, which are fully explained to you in easy-to-read language (no legalese here).

In particular Dominican divorces are perfect for international couples such as expatriate workers. Dominican divorces are both easier and cheaper than quickie divorces from Guam or Mexico. The pros and cons of all four countries are explained in the VIP Express Divorce Kit. To read more about International Divorce, click here…

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