Divorcing in the USA

Hello everyone,

Reaching the decision to seek divorce can be hard. Filing the papers as an expat in the USA can be as taxing since a good grasp of legislations is needed and the process can prove to be tedious.

Where and how do you apply for a divorce in the USA? How long does it take for the process to be completed?

If the couple has children, which measures can be taken in order to protect their interests?

Which procedures should be completed so that the divorce is legally recognized in the country of origin?

How is divorce viewed in the USA?

Being away from one's home country and loved ones, what advice do have for staying strong emotionally and mentally in this situation?

Thanks for sharing your experience.


I have some experience and I need to ask questions before I can suggest.  I will try to reach out to you with a private message if I can here.

Just sharing some thought, this may not be a legal advice.

Assuming you both are US citizens, then you can go to a local courthouse and file the divorce.
Often people hire an attorney.  They may request a retainer, perhaps like $1000, $2000 etc.
The process may not be complicated if you both agree.

Couple has children, they can ask for join custody and you can come up with terms.
Whether it is recognized in a country of origin... that is a very tough question.

Divorces happen in USA often and it is not a big deal.
It may be viewed as negative in certain religious denominations.
For the most part, people in US value your choices.
Going through a divorce can be a mental torture and very stressful.
It is important to surround yourself with friends or relatives.
There are support groups in USA as well.
Some people go through therapy.
I'd find something to keep you occupied, perhaps a new hobby, a sport, or a fitness.

Please make sure the divorce is the last resort if you have kids.
It is possible couples can find counseling and get a fresh start.

You may be able to find someone pro-bono to provide you the right legal advice for your divorce.

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