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What happens if you want a divorce as a dual citizen?

If your divorce involves dual citizenship, you probably know it isn't as straightforward as a typical divorce. It's becoming more common to see people married from different countries and obtaining multiple citizenships, but that can make your divorce a little more difficult. You'll have to decide where to get a divorce and which country's laws work best for your case. You'll also want to work with an educated legal team that understands international laws.

International divorces are slightly different than those in the same country. For example, if you get a divorce as an American married to an Englishman, you may find that your children are ordered to live with their father overseas or that you both have to plan for extra travel times throughout the year. The situation isn't as simple as staying within a single state; now, it takes hours of flights for a child to see his or her parent.

When it comes to other matters like asset division, there can be some differences between countries as well. For instance, the court in England may have a different plan for dividing your assets than a court in the United States would.

How do you decide where to divorce? That's decided for you in most cases. Typically, you'll get a divorce in whichever country you're living in. What about if you've already separated and live in two countries, though? That can mean you apply for a divorce in the United States or the other country, but working internationally to seek a divorce can take much longer than if you were both local.

Source: Forbes, "Small World, Big Problem: Divorces Involving Dual Citizenship," Jeff Landers, accessed Nov. 17, 2016

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