My question involves divorce in the State of: Virginia
I have a question about divorce for foreign nationals who are permanent residents in the US.
We were married in our home country and we came to the US and are currently residing in Virginia. We decided on divorce and prepared a legal separation agreement, and then I went back to our home country (since we are both citizens of that country) and obtained an Islamic divorce from the court (which does not require the wife’s signature) in ten days and came back.
Even though I was sure at the time that this divorce would be accepted (and I filed it with my employer and they accepted it), I am now confused and I need some feedback. I looked at the comity requirements and I found that for a foreign divorce to be accepted by comity it has to satisfy the following two conditions:
a. either party has to obtain domicile in the foreign country,
b. sufficient notice must have been provided to both parties if they are not both present during the divorce procedures.
I thought my domicile is satisfied by the fact that the divorce is obtained in the home country while physically present there with the court having jurisdiction on both of us. And that sufficient notice has been provided and can be verified by the fact that we had a separation agreement prior to the divorce signed and notarized a month before the actual divorce, and that the court in our home country does not provide formal notice for divorces initiated by the husbands.
I am planning to get married and some of the family members are concerned that the divorce might not be accepted in the US and therefore the subsequent marriage would be void (let alone the risks of bigamy). Their rationale is that since we live in Virginia then our domicile is in Virginia and not back home. We are all confused though on how would the law look at the fact that we are both nationals of that country and not citizens here? I would appreciate any help in this matter and especially if there is some hard-information or references to cases that we can use for a peace of mind.
Confused in the US