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5 Odd Divorce Scenarios (And How to Deal With Them)

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on September 13, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Divorce is one of the hardest legal events anyone will ever face. When you divorce, you face losses that are not just emotional, but financial and legal as well. This blog series will help answer some basic questions you might have about divorce.

Every marriage is unique, and every divorce can present its own set of emotional and legal challenges. But every now and then couples are faced with some especially demanding or downright odd circumstances, many of which aren't easy to deal with. For instance, what if your spouse lives in another country? Or behind bars?

Here are five of the strangest divorce scenarios, along with some advice on handling them, from our archives:

1. How to Divorce If a Spouse Won't Sign Papers

Not every soon-to-be ex is excited about a separation, but some can turn downright obstinate about not agreeing to the divorce. So what do you do if your spouse doesn't like the terms of the agreement, is hiding from process servers, or is nowhere to be found? Don't worry -- you have options.

2. 4 Reasons to Delay Divorce Until After the Holidays

Is it looking like Santa will be dropping a divorce down your chimney? A holiday divorce can be awkward and there might be some good reasons to delay your divorce. Find out if they apply to you.

3. Filing for Divorce in Separate States: a Quick Guide

Whether you're divorcing because one of you moved out-of-state, or the move happened after the split, an interstate divorce can get complicated. Each state's divorce laws can be unique, so find out which ones will matter if your spouse doesn't reside in the same state as you.

4. How to Get an International Divorce

Thought getting divorced across state laws was tricky? Try getting one across international borders. How do you make sure a foreign country recognizes your divorce? Read more here.

5. How to Divorce a Spouse in Jail or Prison

There are some love stories that can survive incarceration, or blossom in spite of it. And then there are some that can't. Some states have specific statutes covering divorce based on incarceration, and others don't mention it at all. Find out where your state stands.

Divorces, especially those with unique circumstances, can get messy. Make sure you have an experienced divorce attorney on your side to help clean it up.

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