Is Dominican divorce recognized in Ma

In principle, if there is due process during the entire proceeding, both parties agree to the divorce; both parties sign the necessary documents and at least one of them fly to Dominican Republic to appear before the judge on the day of the hearing, the divorce is valid.

In any case, it is always recommend to contact a local family law attorney in your county to obtain a legal opinion based on the laws of MA. Make sure that the attorney has a vast experience in handling foreign divorce and if possible that he/she is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
I did quite a number of Dominican divorces. But, it has been many years (15) since I did any domestic work at all. Barring more recent decisions, that I am not aware of, Massachusetts regarded Dominican divorces as “voidable”, but not “void”. This is not as scary as it may seem. If both parties have consented, and one has appeared in the Dominican court, they do not have standing to contest the divorce, or have it declared void. I have never seen a case where anyone else was granted standing to contest the divorce. I handled hundreds in MA, and never saw one overturned. I would not handle cases where both parties appeared by powers of attorney, these are clearly “not worth the paper they are written on”.

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