If you are preparing to end your marriage, you likely have a wide variety of concerns, from financial topics such as property division to the emotional toll of the divorce process. If you have kids, you have additional issues to review, and the outcome of your divorce could affect your child’s life in many different ways.
For example, if you or your marital partner plan on filing for divorce in another country, it is important to understand what could happen with respect to critical matters such as child custody.
Foreign divorces and child custody decisions
In some instances, parents are unable to secure favorable outcomes in child custody cases when their marriage comes to an end in another country. For example, if a child is living overseas, a parent may not have the ability to secure custody rights or return to the U.S. with their child. However, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts states that when a marriage comes to an end in another jurisdiction and the couple’s child lives in Massachusetts, the probate court in which the child resides has the ability to make judgments regarding the child’s custody and other issues such as education and maintenance.
Custody battles and safeguarding your child’s future
If involved in a divorce as a parent, it is vital to take steps to protect your child’s future, especially if your child’s other parent is bringing the marriage to an end in another country. Make sure you have a solid understanding of your options and do not wait to address concerns and find answers to your questions.