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I am a british citizen but got divorced while living in the

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I am a british citizen but got divorced while living in the US (Illinois) in 2007. A long drawn out hostile situation.

My ex wife returned to the UK in 2007

I returned to the UK in 2012.

My ex wife has now sent me a letter via a new uk solicitor referring to two order made against me when I was in the US. Are they valid here in UK law? The orders were made by the US Illinois court for money relating to her costs.

They are not related to maintenance or child maintenance.

Thank you.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare and I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Are you asking if it is possible for these orders to be enforced here in the Uk?
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Clare,


 


Yes I am. My ex wife has seen a solicitor and I received a letter requested payment based on an order made in Illinois, US.


 


Thank you.


 


Mark

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
I am afraid that the bas news is that a US Order can be enforced in the UK - however it is not an easy or simple process - and is much much more difficult than enforcing maintenance Orders
The basics are covered in the last part of the article here
http://www.out-law.com/en/topics/dispute-resolution-and-litigation/enforcement/enforcing-foreign-judgments-in-england-and-wales/
It could be worth negotiating and offering a lower sum if you think there is a chance that your ex will go through with the enforcement
Please ask if you need further information
Clare
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

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Nicola