This is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss the process by which Las Vegas residents may file for divorce when their spouse is not in the country. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that this is a situation which arises more than some may think. Spouses may be forced to leave the country for immigration purposes or they may simply move away, to a place outside the US, and not return. The goal of this series is to provide information which will help individuals know how to proceed when they face such a situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a divorce lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. The issues which I will discuss include:
- How to serve a spouse with legal process when they are out of the country
- Resolving a case when the matter can be settled
- Resolving the case when the other party is in default
- Resolving the case when litigation is necessary
These are important topics for a variety of reasons. First, serving the other party when they are out of the country can prove challenging. This can mean a delay to the start of the proceedings. It is important that you retain counsel who understands the steps involved in effectuating service. Second, it is often in everyone’s best interest to settle such matters. Doing so can save both sides a substantial amount of time and money. Third, it is not uncommon, in international cases, for the other side to fail to answer the Complaint. When this happens they will be considered “in default,” and resolving the case will be rather straightforward. Finally, it is important to understand the intricacies of litigating such a matter.
If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas divorce lawyer. I am experienced in handling matters which involve defendants who are out of the country. I will take steps to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Contact us today to talk to an attorney.