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Jurisdiction dispute at the heart of couple’s divorce case

Divorcing couples in San Antonio may disagree about several elements regarding their proceedings. Yet if one were asked to name what he or she would expect those to most commonly be, jurisdiction may not be high on the list. However, where a divorce case is heard may have a dramatic impact on its final outcome. That is because the laws between states often differ, and one side in a divorce may believe that his or her chances at securing a favorable ruling are better in a certain jurisdiction.

In cases involving divorce jurisdiction disputes, both sides will typically have to present an argument as to why they believe the case should be heard in their chosen state. That is currently what is happening in a current case involving a former congressman and his estranged wife. The man filed for divorce last year in Illinois while his wife was still in federal prison stemming from her involvement in a political corruption case. Upon her release, she filed for divorce in Washington, D.C. Now the two are feuding over which state should have jurisdiction. For his part, the husband claims that the actions his wife engaged in that led to the breakdown of their marriage are serious enough in nature that his claim should supersede hers.

Issues regarding jurisdiction, child custody and visitation, as well as alimony payments may often serve to add tension to one’s divorce proceedings. However, one may want to avoid getting caught up in such tension as it may distract him or her from focusing on the important matters of the divorce case. Having an attorney on one’s side during this process may help him or her in overcoming any stress or anxiety that may arise on the path to successfully ending his or her marriage.

Source: WLS-TV “Jesse Jackson Jr. Fight To Keep Divorce Case in Illinois” Holmes, Evelyn, Jan. 04, 2017

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