Divorce Jurisdiction Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidan left his wife Anita in their marital home in Indiana, moved to Michigan, established domicile and obtained a divorce which denied her alimony. Although notified by mail, Anita refused to appear. Since Michigan did not have personal jurisdiction over Anita, how will Indiana treat the Michigan divorce decree?
Choice 1 Indiana will not recognize the divorce decree because Anita never appeared in Michigan.
Choice 2 Indiana will recognize the divorce decree and the denial of alimony.
Choice 3 Indiana will recognize the divorce decree but not the denial of alimony.
Choice 4 Indiana will not recognize the divorce decree because it was secured in Michigan instead of Indiana.
Al and Peggy are unhappily married. Peggy leaves Al and moves to New Jersey, a state that neither Al nor Peggy had visited before, taking along Al’s beloved cat Meow. Peggy initiates divorce proceedings against Al in New Jersey. Al drives all the way to New Jersey only to retrieve Meow. While Al is there, he is served with process. Can the New Jersey court obtain jurisdiction over Al?
Choice 1 No. Al lacks the requisite minimum contacts with New Jersey.
Choice 2 No. Al does not own property in New Jersey.
Choice 3 Yes. The court can attach the cat as property as basis for jurisdiction.
Choice 4 Yes. Personal service within the state does not require minimum contacts.
AJ is being sued for divorce by his wife Shannon in Texas. Both made personal appearances in court. AJ, who lives in California, wishes to collaterally attack the Texas divorce decree in California on the ground that the Texas court lacked personal jurisdiction over him. AJ’s collateral attack in California will be successful.
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Lefty and Vanessa agreed to fly to Mexico to obtain a quickie divorce. To save Vanessa some money, Lefty had her sign the appropriate paperwork, but obtained the divorce in Mexico alone. Lefty and Vanessa now wish to have a Connecticut court give full faith and credit to their Mexican divorce. What will the court do?
Choice 1 The court will recognize and enforce the divorce on the basis of comity.
Choice 2 The court will not recognize the divorce because it was an ex parte foreign divorce.
Choice 3 The court will not recognize the divorce because Vanessa needed to sign all the appropriate documents in the court’s presence.
Choice 4 The court will recognize and enforce the divorce pursuant to the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

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