All States have Family Law Courts, but not all Family Laws are the same throughout the Country.
Often I get calls from potential clients from other states. Either they were originally from here and did not know who else to call, their case was originally decided here, or they just heard that State “X” has a certain law. Where you can sue or be sued really regards jurisdiction, blogged previously. Today is about the fact that the law is different from State to State.
There is no uniform code of family law. All states are required to have a child support formula, but not all states calculate it the same way. All states have provisions for divorce, but some states prefer “No-fault” divorces while some require you to have fault grounds, if an agreement cannot be reached. States have different burdens of proof, residency requirements and waiting periods.
Just because your cousin’s friends got something in her divorce in Texas does not mean you can get it in Tennessee.
Matthew Thompson is a Domestic Relations Attorney in Mississippi. Be sure you call an attorney in the appropriate State.