Thank you for providing additional information, as it makes it
possible to answer your question.
As complex as the situation may be, the answer appears to be
relatively straightforward: the couple should continue with the
divorce proceedings in California, as these are the only proceedings
likely to be recognized by the state.
The relevant section of California code can be found here:
2090. This chapter may be cited as the Uniform Divorce Recognition
2091. A divorce obtained in another jurisdiction shall be of no
force or effect in this state if both parties to the marriage were
domiciled in this state at the time the proceeding for the divorce
In other words, if both parties were living in California when the
divorce proceedings began, then a divorce obtained in another
jurisdiction (including China) would have "no force or effect" in
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Request for Answer Clarification by
12 Jul 2004 09:39 PDT
Based on your research, there are no exceptions to this rule, due to
either the legal status of the parties, or the legal/diplomatic
agreements specifically between China and the US?
What if one of the parties wants to remarry (and there is no
California divorce): California would not issue a marriage license
because they still consider one of the parties to be married? In
China, where their marriage and divorce are recognized, there would be
no problem if either one of them remarried, here or in China.
California would not view it the same way?
Any light you could shed would be great. Thanks.
Clarification of Answer by
12 Jul 2004 11:55 PDT
I am not aware of any special circumstances or international
agreements that would provide an exemption from the California statute
for the situation you have described. I don't see how the either
party could legally remarry in California without first obtaining a
This is not to say there aren't exceptions...I'm simply not aware of any.
However, I must reiterate that I am not a lawyer, nor is Google
Answers a proper forum for seeking professional legal guidance.
You really should be seeking the advice of a legal professional who is
familiar with California divorce law.
You can probably arrange for an initial consultation with a lawyer for
more or less the same fee that you are paying here at Google Answers.
In fact, depending on where the consultation would take place, there
are lawyers that offer an initial consultation at no charge. For
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For what it's worth, my own advice would be this. Unless there is a
compelling reason to NOT go forward with a California divorce, I would
suggest going ahead, so as to avoid any legal ambiguity.
It may even be possible to stipulate in the California divorce that
terms of the settlement should be identical to the China divorce, as
long as the law permits it.
But again, this is a possibility for which you should seek the advice
of a legal professional.
All the best,