IS A GUAM DIVORCE LEGAL? A Fast Guam Divorce will be recognized and accepted throughout the USA and World

One big concern everyone should have when obtaining a divorce outside of the State where they live is whether the divorce will be accepted, honored or recognized by their home state.

Everyone has heard about people expending large sums of money to obtain a Mexican or Caribbean divorce, only find that the divorce was not worth the paper it was written on. This is often because the foreign court was not reputable, or had no jurisdiction, or other party was not properly notified.

WHEN YOU OBTAIN A FAST GUAM DIVORCE, FROM GUMATAOTAO & POLE, YOU CAN BE 100% SURE THAT IT WILL BE VALID WHEREVER YOU GO IN THE UNITED STATES, OR THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

There are several reasons why you can have confidence in a Guam Divorce.

GUAM IS A U.S. JURISIDICTION

Guam is a U.S. Territory. From a legal standpoint, it is the same as a U.S. State. It has a modern, reputable American court system, with well-respected and well-trained judges. It applies American legal principles.  Under the Constitution and Federal Law, the judgments and orders of a Guam Court, must be honored and respected by other U.S. States and Jurisdictions. This is true throughout the U.S. System. Every U.S. State and Jurisdiction must honor and respect the orders and judgments of other US Courts. This is known as the doctrine of “full faith and credit.” So if you bring your Guam divorce decree back to your home state, every court and government agency there will be bound to accept it.

BOTH PARTIES MUST CONSENT TO THE GUAM DIVORCE

Also, a Guam divorce requires both spouses to consent in writing to the divorce and the jurisdiction of the Guam court. The consent must be notarized by a U.S. Notary.

This is different from what happens with many foreign divorces, where one party, attempts to force a divorce on the other, often without even notifying them. Because both parties must consent to the Guam divorce and submit to the jurisdiction of the Guam court, neither can challenge it in another state.

To use legal terminology, if one of the parties to the divorce tried to argue in another court that the Guam Divorce was invalid, the court would find that they “waived” their right to challenge the divorce by signing the written consent.

For the most part, these same principles ensure that even foreign countries will recognize a properly granted Guam divorce. But while American courts are bound by law to honor a Guam divorce, foreign courts will usually recognize U.S. divorces out of “comity” or mutual respect.

Ron Moroni
Intake Specialist, Legal Assistant
Gumataotao & Pole

THE DIVORCE DECREE IS WRITTEN IN ENGLISH AND CONTAINS THE CERTIFICATION OF A U.S. COURT.

Many Americans that have obtained a divorce in foreign country, have had problems getting the divorce accepted by US and State agencies, because the official document was not written in English and did not contain certifications and seals that the US offices recognized. Generally, US courts and agencies cannot even consider a translated decree, unless the translation was properly certified. The are ways to certify and properly translate foreign documents, but the procecures are often time consuming and expensive, and almost impossible to do, once the person is back in the U.S.

This of course is not a problem with a Guam divorce. All decrees are written in English and contain the Seal and Certification of the Guam court, which is recognized throughout the U.S.