I am a US citizen currently resident in Nigeria. We have three children staying with my wife in California. I want a divorce. Do I need to file for divorce in Nigerian court or do I need to come back to California to do the filing?
I agree that this question has nothing to do with immigration. Most states have residency requirements of varying periods to file for a divorce. Check with a California family lawyer to see what those legal requirements are.
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This is not really immigration-related on the face of it and I would recommend you post this question under the Family Law section, particularly searching for California-based divorce attorneys so they can advise you better on things like community property law.
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You won't be able to file in AZ if your wife with kids is in CA. It's called a jurisdictional issue. If they have been living there for the past 6 months then CA has jurisdiction.