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Why Opt for an International Divorce Overseas?

Friday, June 12th, 2009

The globalization of the worldwide economy has led to a big increase in international marriages. Individuals traveling to other countries on business fall in love, marry and may reside in their spouse’s country for years. When the marriage begins to crumble, the split becomes an international division. The foreign spouse stays in his or her country, and the other returns to their country of origin.

In the case of this type of separation, it’s likely the couple won’t divorce before the spouse returns to his or her home country. In many cases, the spouse returns home months or even years before the couple decides on a final divorce.

Almost all international divorces involve complexities that make them much more challenging than regular divorces involving citizens and residents of only one country. There may be immigration consequences or implications regarding citizenship. In almost every international divorce, there are questions about jurisdiction. The courts and national laws of at least two countries will be involved, and possibly more if the couple resided in other foreign countries, too.

All of these complexities and special considerations present most divorce practitioners with problems they aren’t used to having to solve. The time it takes to research information on jurisdiction, to learn and prove foreign law and be prepared to make the best choices possible for their client will be substantial.

When an international divorce case ultimately proves too complex for a divorce attorney, the results can be disastrous for the couple involved. Excessive fees and costs, long delays and even the failure to obtain a divorce at all are some of the potential problems an international couple can face when trying to obtain a divorce in the U.S. or another country.

With so much potential for things to go wrong, it’s no wonder so many international couples end up staying married much longer than either spouse would prefer. Yet there’s a solution that can allow many international couples to divorce quickly and easily, especially if the divorce is by mutual consent.

In several overseas countries, it’s possible to obtain a legal divorce within hours or at most, days. Some of the countries that enable couples to divorce quickly, easily and at minimal expense include Haiti (ideal for unilateral or one way divorces), the Dominican Republic and Guam.

You can find out more about whether or not an overseas divorce is right for you by researching quality information on the Internet. VIP Divorce specializes in researching and facilitating international divorces offshore for global citizens. This is a much more efficient and cost-effective option than relying on a divorce practitioner familiar with only one country’s and one nationality’s divorce laws and legal issues.

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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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How to Obtain a Legal Divorce Offshore without Your Spouse’s Consent

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The development of the global economy has resulted in more frequent travel to foreign countries by people around the world. While international marriages used to be uncommon, today they are nothing unusual. Millions of people travel or move to other countries, develop relationships and marry. Unfortunately, obtaining an international divorce is not such a simple matter.

One of the biggest problems you might face in trying to obtain an international divorce involves obtaining the consent of your spouse. In some cases, spouses agree a legal divorce is what’s needed to move on with their lives. Once divorced, individuals regain their single status for tax filing purposes. If one or the other wants to start a business, a divorce could be advantageous, and it’s a necessity if either spouse wants to remarry. When both spouses are in agreement about the divorce, it’s considered a bilateral divorce.

In many cases however, a bilateral divorce is not possible. If you or your spouse have lived in one or more different countries since separating, it’s possible you’re out of contact. In some cases, losing contact is deliberate, as in the case of a spouse who’s trying to avoid paying child support or alimony. In other cases, it just happens.

It’s also possible that you’re in contact with your spouse, but he or she refuses to consent to divorce and therefore disappears. This could be due to spite, a false hope for a reunion, or an effort to try to avoid paying alimony or dividing property. A divorce without mutual consent is called a unilateral divorce, and it’s possible for you to obtain one regardless of your own or your spouse’s country of residence.

The quickest, easiest way to obtain a unilateral divorce is to travel to Haiti to obtain a divorce decree. Haiti is the only offshore divorce option if you’re unable to obtain your spouse’s consent for divorce. You will need to travel to Haiti to appear in court, however, there are no residency requirements. Public notices informing your spouse of the impending divorce are posted in Haiti, but if no reply is made to the court within twenty-one days, a default judgment is issued granting the divorce.

Although obtaining a unilateral divorce is a straightforward process in Haiti, it’s important to determine whether or not your divorce will be recognized in your country of residence. Although bilateral divorces obtained overseas are usually recognized by foreign courts, this isn’t always the case with unilateral divorces.

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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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