I got married in Korea and did not register my marriage in the US. Can I get a divorce in the US?
I got married in Korea and did not register my marriage in the United States, but I got divorced in the United States.
Q. I got married in Korea and did not register my marriage in the US. Can I get a divorce in the US?
A. Yes. When getting a divorce in the United States, it does not matter which country or region you registered your marriage in. This is because even if the report was filed only in S. Korea, the marital relationship is recognized in the United States as well.
However, in the United States, divorce is possible only if the couple meets the residency requirements of the state in which they live.
For example, in order to be divorced in California, one of the couple must have lived in California for at least six months before the divorce is filed. And the spouse filing for divorce must be living in California at the time of filing. If these conditions are met, even if you were married in Korea, you can get a divorce in California.
Or, if the couple is separated, you can check the residency requirements of the state in which one of them resides and file for a divorce in an area that meets the requirements.
For example, if the wife lives in New Jersey and the husband returns to S. Korea, and if the wife has lived in New Jersey for more than one year, divorce is possible in New Jersey.
Because each state has different residency requirements and there are many exceptions, we recommend that you consult a professional lawyer if you are considering a divorce.