My Husband Said That He Will Not let Me Divorce Him

In a "no fault" divorce state there is nothing that your husband can do to legally prevent you from filing for and obtaining a divorce decree from the court. However, a spouse could potentially stop a "fault" divorce by either convincing the court that he/she was not at fault or by asserting some type of defense. The defenses associated with “fault” divorces are complicated.   Also, since the laws vary, sometimes a person filing for divorce will evaluate which state's laws are more "friendly" to their situation.  Of course, in order to file for divorce in a particular state, the petitioner must meet that state's filing and residency requirements first.  Accordingly, it is important to consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your state's divorce laws or if there would be any advantages to filing for divorce in a particular state. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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