How do you choose where to divorce?

A divorce isn't always easy, but it's sometimes a necessity that comes after years of marriage or months of trying to work through difficulties. The reality is that some people do better when they're not in a relationship with each other, and a divorce can help that happen. Unfortunately, ending a marriage is not as simple as ending a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend. There are legal steps to take to make sure you resolve issues with your divorce and that you can start fresh.

Deciding whether to divorce or not is up to you and your spouse, but if you're ready to start the process, then it's time to look into filing. You'll want to file for divorce based on where you currently hold residency. If you and your spouse currently hold residency in two places, then either state could have jurisdiction over your case.

New York is an equitable distribution state, which means that you and your spouse will divide your property fairly, but not necessarily equally. If your spouse is a resident of another state, such as California, then that could mean that the other state is a community property state. In community property states, property is divided equally. You'll want to make sure you file in the location where the divorce is likely to be in your favor. For instance, if you can support that you deserve more from your marriage, then you may want to file in New York over allowing the divorce to proceed in California.

These are some things to consider if you plan to divorce. If you're not sure what steps to take, it's a good idea to look into your legal options.

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