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I got married in 2000 in the USA, I am a dual EU and the US

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I got married in 2000 in the USA, I am a dual EU and the US citzen, my husband is a US citizen. We have a son, who is now 14 years old and resides in London with me, also a US citizen. My son and I have moved from our last common family residence in New York City to London, UK in 2007, and the two of us have been living here ever since. My (still) husband lives in New York city, but I do not know his address or phone number and we do not keep in touch. I would like to find out which law would apply to me if I was to file paper work from divorce? Also, how would I be able to locate him to serve the papers and how can I protect myself from him turning the divorce proceedings against me? Eg.: claiming spousal support, requesting for me to pay for our son's expenses to travel to visit to see him, etc.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Harris replied 11 months ago.
Hi, thanks for your question.
As you are resident in England you would be entitled to pursue a divorce here. If you do proceed you would need to first obtain your husband's address and this can be done using the services of a tracing agent (such as: http://www.pinow.com/investigations/skiptrace)
Unless he has remarried since the separation he would be entitled to make a claim for financial relief (as would you) and the court will have to consider such an application based on numerous factors such as financial position, income and needs.
Expert:  Harris replied 11 months ago.
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