Each state has its own jurisdictional requirements. In New York, for example, the residency requirement for the state of New York to have jurisdiction is anywhere between one and two years, depending on the circumstances. You should check with the courts in California to see what the residency requirement is under California law for California to have jurisdiction over your matrimonial matter. Once you have fulfilled the residency requirement, however, California will have jurisdiction, and you may file in California even though your husband is living in France.
Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions