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A divorce is one of the most difficult experiences an individual can go through, but when one spouse resides overseas or there are overseas assets, an extra layer of complexity is added. Having represented individuals with overseas spouses and assets, international divorce attorney Chikeersha Puvvada can provide you with strategic and practical advice on not only what leads to a successful outcome in a Texas divorce court, but also on what will be effective when international issues are involved. Some of the common challenges in international divorce cases that Chikeersha Puvvada has successfully dealt with include serving a spouse overseas, dividing overseas assets in an enforceable manner, protecting the safety and welfare of children when overseas parents are involved, and consulting with and utilizing attorneys and experts from foreign nations. When overseas spouses or assets are involved, you can rely on Chikeersha Puvvada, an attorney with experience in international divorces.

"Amazing Experience! I hired Mr. Puvvada to help me with my divorce application. He charged a very reasonable fee for his services and provided me a very realistic picture of how the whole process will be, as my wife was not in the country. He is a very trustworthy and responsible lawyer. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing an efficient divorce attorney and will be forever thankful for his services."
-Nikhil K. (client review)
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International Divorce FAQs

I live in Texas but was married abroad. Can I file for a divorce in Texas?

To file for divorce in Texas, you must have lived in Texas for the past 6 months, and lived in the county where you plan to file for the past 90 days. As you long as you meet the residency requirements, you can file for divorce in Texas. The Texas Family Code does not require your marriage to have been performed in Texas or even in the United States for you to be able to file for divorce in Texas.

Can I get a divorce in Texas if my spouse lives overseas?

If you meet the residency requirements to file for divorce in Texas, then yes. At minimum you can get a "status" divorce, where the court changes your martial status from married to divorced, but there are no other rulings in a "status" divorce. For rulings on the division of martial property and child issues in your divorce, the Texas divorce court will need personal jurisdiction over your spouse. For more information on personal jurisdiction, read our article Divorcing a Spouse Who Doesn't Live in Texas.

How do I serve my spouse with notice of my Texas divorce case if my spouse lives overseas?

For more information on how to serve a spouse who lives overseas, read our article How to Serve a Texas Divorce Citation in a Foreign Country.

Can I file for divorce in Texas if I live overseas?

If your spouse has lived in Texas for the last 6 months, then you can file for divorce in the Texas county where you spouse lives regardless of the country in which you live.

Will my divorce in Texas be valid in an other country?

That depends entirely on the laws of the other country. The best way to answer this question is to consult with an attorney in the other country before you file for divorce in Texas. Your foreign counsel and Chikeersha Puvvada can work together to see what steps, if any, can be taken in your Texas divorce to make it valid in the foreign country.

Can a Texas divorce court divide my assets that are in another country?

Yes. For more information on how Texas divorce courts deal with foreign assets, read our article Dealing with Out-of-State Property in a Texas Divorce.

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Our Top Articles on International Divorce
Divorcing a Spouse Who Doesn't Live in Texas
August 21, 2014

South Asian couple standing back to back with their hands on their foreheads in frustration
When a marriage ends, it's common for one of the spouses to move. Whether a spouse moves to Texas or away from Texas, many individuals end up in a situation in which they want to file for divorce in Texas but their spouse lives in another state or country. This article reviews the issues involved in getting an out-of-state spouse into a Texas divorce court.


How to Serve a Texas Divorce Citation in a Foreign Country
May 22, 2020

Silhouette of mother and child at an airport looking at an airplane
When you file for divorce in Texas, you are required to provide your spouse with proper notice of the divorce case. The document that provides your spouse notice of the divorce case is called a citation. This article summarizes the rules that determine how to properly serve a spouse in a foreign country with the divorce citation from a Texas court. We will also briefly discuss alternatives to service where the spouse in the foreign country is cooperative.


International Travel in Custody Cases
March 19, 2018

Paper cut out of a family standing on yellow block letters that spell child custody
Parents who like to travel and are going through or about to go through a divorce or child custody case often wonder how international travel with their children will work. In this article we discuss the standard international travel provisions for children found in Texas custody orders. Specifically, we will discuss when a parent can travel overseas with their children and what a parent needs to do prior to traveling overseas with their children.


If you need help with an international divorce, contact divorce attorney Chikeersha Puvvada at 832-317-6705 or online today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation. Consultations are available in-person, by telephone or by teleconference.

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