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    Default Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    My question involves a marriage in the state of: Missouri

    He is Australian. I am a US citizen residing in Missouri.

    We married in Las Vegas while he was on a visitor's visa.

    We lived in Missouri until he returned to Australia before the visitor's visa expired and he thus had no immigration status (never filed).

    Divorce was amicably agreed upon, filed and finalized in Australia. I have notarized copies.

    How do I go about entering this into the record in Missouri?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    For what purpose?

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    Because I am still legally considered "married" in the US, and I'm not. I was told the divorce needs to be 'registered' in the US, in the state of my residence. Misinformation?

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    It doesn't really matter - it won't affect you in any real way because you have your divorce papers as proof of the divorce..yes?

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    It affects my tax status, does it not? I'm still filing as married with a hostile spouse (he refused to get a SSN for taxes).

    In any event, I would like to register the divorce in the US. I understand I must do this in my state of residence. I again ask: how do I do this?

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    No, it does not affect your tax status at all. You are no longer married - hence you file single.

    There is no centralized process for the simple registration of a divorce decree; it only really matters if there is a judgment that you need to have domesticated. Given that's not the case, there's really no need to do anything.

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    Thank you both, a million times. I really don't have the money to register this, yet was led to believe it was necessary (even when I called the local Domestic Docketing office).

    You guys saved me $300. Eternally grateful. On to restoration of maiden name!

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    As long as you have proof of your divorce, you're golden

    All you need to do now is change your name which should be a piece of cake!

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    Default Re: Registering a Foreign Divorce in the U.S.A.

    You have no idea what a huge weight you've lifted. Thanks again!

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