Laws related to marriage and divorce exist at the state level. That means the federal government does not have any say in whether your marriage is legal or your divorce is valid. Each state recognizes marriages from other states, but things get more complicated when you are dealing with family law matters from other countries. If your spouse has ties outside the U.S. and you are heading toward divorce, you may be concerned and confused.
On January 24, 2014, Japan signed and ratified the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This will make it easier for parents in the United States to be reunited with their children in the event that a child is abducted to Japan.
Our own Ms. Katharine Maddox was featured in an article in the National Law Journal entitled "Divorce Lawyers Without Borders." Read her insights on international divorce issues via the link below.