Proxy Divorce in MontanaMarybeth Sampsel
If you were married by proxy and now need a divorce, or are stationed overseas and need somewhere to get divorced, there is now an option. A new service is offering proxy divorces for the first time. As I understand it, there are two requirements: 1) There can be no minor children of the marriage; and 2) You and your spouse have to agree about everything. If you meet those requirements, and need a way to get divorced – check out Proxy Divorce and see if they can help.
One thing I’ve learned from my practice is that there are a lot of people unable to get divorced because no courts will take their cases. This is a great option for people caught in that limbo. If you’re not sure whether you qualify, go ahead and contact that people at Proxy Divorce to learn more. From personal experience, I can tell you they’re friendly and helpful.
A proxy divorce takes about six weeks, can be done from anywhere in the world, and requires no travel. This service has already helped a lot of people, and hopefully it can help you if you’re in this kind of a situation.
Because Montana is the only state that allows double proxy marriage, I often receive questions from individuals seeking a proxy divorce. Although a proxy divorce is now possible, the lawyer in me wants to mention the fact that it is not technically a proxy situation. That being said, it still provides a legal and easy divorce.
First, “proxy” is defined as “a person authorized to act for another.” In a proxy marriage, an individual stands in for one of the parties during the ceremony. So, there are actually three people that are part of the ceremony: the wife, the husband, and the proxy (who is standing in for one of the spouses). Most often you see proxy marriages when one party is overseas or on military duty. During the marriage ceremony, the proxy stands in for the person that is not available. The marriage ceremony takes place, just as it would if both of the parties to the marriage were there an in person. In a double proxy marriage, both the husband and wife are unable to be present, so proxies stand in for both. See more information on proxy marriages and double-proxy marriages here. If you are interested in obtaining a proxy marriage or double-proxy marriage, check out Armed Forces Proxy Marriages at their website.
Because the term “proxy” actually requires an individual to act on behalf of someone, a “proxy divorce” does not really exist. In a divorce/dissolution, the only parties to the case are the husband and wife. No third party is needed to stand in for either party. When someone requests a proxy divorce, they likely are asking if they can get divorce somewhere other than where they are that day. With today’s technology and easy access to internet and long-distance telephones, it is absolutely possible to get divorce when you live out of state.