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Mexico: A Country to Avoid for Quickie Divorces

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Are you thinking about an Offshore International Divorce? If so, don’t be lured by enticing publicity inviting you to Mexico for your quickie divorce.  Here’s why…

If you’re looking at overseas options to obtain a fast, easy international divorce, you’ll find a lot of information online. Some of it is quality material that can provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision. As with almost everything online however, there is also plenty of misinformation that can lead you down the completely wrong path.

There are many reasons international couples seek to divorce in an offshore country. Offshore divorces can eliminate lengthy delays and save you a considerable amount of money. They can also help by eliminating the need to meet lengthy residency requirements. This can be a major factor for international couples where one or both spouses are living abroad.

If you’re considering an offshore divorce, you’ll come across several options when doing research online. If you rely on quality information, you’ll be able to weigh the pros and cons of divorcing in various countries such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Guam (the latter only recommended for military divorces). Yet there’s one country you shouldn’t even consider, even though you’ll hear it mentioned as an option for fast international divorce: Mexico.

There was a time when Ciudad Juarez in Mexico was the most popular place to go to obtain a speedy international divorce. At one time, an average of 43,000 American divorces was granted in Mexico, largely due to its easy reach and lax requirements for divorce. Only one spouse had to appear in court if the other agreed in writing. Couples could fly into Mexico, obtain a divorce and be back home in one day. This was almost 40 years ago, however.

In 1971, amendments were made to the Mexican Nationality and Naturalization Law that eliminated this country as the number one choice for a speedy divorce. The result was that non-residents could no longer apply for a divorce.  If you wanted to divorce in Mexico, you first had to become a legal resident. This is a complex process that takes at a minimum, several months. The amendments to the divorce law were specifically designed to shut down Mexico’s “divorce mill,” and the goal was accomplished.

Today, you can obtain a fast, easy international divorce in various countries, but Mexico is not one of them. If you come across any information online about obtaining such a divorce in Mexico, be suspicious of the source. By all means, avoid working with any company or attorney that promises a speedy international divorce in Mexico.

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