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LEONARD M.WEINER, ESQ, Ph.D.
DIVORCE SOLUTIONS
206 East 38th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
(212) 370-1660

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET A DIVORCE - JURISDICTION, GROUNDS

Question #196:
I'm an American and Italian Citizen....was born in Philadelphia Penn. and raised in Long Beach New York...I met my husband in Long Beach NY in 1990 and we got married in city hall in Long Beach New York on the 21st of September 1992...he abandoned me and my then two year old son on December of 1995, to go back to his country in Peru. I decided to come to Italy where my parents lived and live here with my child....I've been living here in Italy since my husband left me and my son in December of 95, so my son now is 18 years old and my husband is living in Milan Italy with his girlfriend....I really wish to get a divorce here but they say it's going to take 3 long years....can I go to the States and go to City hall in Long Beach to file for a divorce so I could have my divorce in a short time...? please help me and advise me what to do.....if I need to go to Long Beach New York to file for a divorce and I know it will be sooner than here in Italy...I will do so....waiting for your reply....as soon as possible.

Answer:
In order for NYS to have jurisdiction you or your spouse must be a present resident of NYS for a minimum of 1 year.
If you can establish residency in NYS, you can file here. Otherwise, you must file in Italy or Peru.

Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions
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