Both my husband and I are US citizens and have always resided in the USA in the same state. In December 2009, I had a wedding ceremony at the Westin/Sheraton in Fiji. We got a piece of paper from the preacher, however nothing was ever turned in to any authority in the USA. This includes any state office, I never changed my name, I haven’t notified the social security office. From the USA side, it is like it doesn’t exist.
Essentially I want to terminate the marriage in the most effective/expedient manner.
Hopefully you can provide me the information I need to make a decision on how to proceed and can represent me in this matter further as I separate from this person. Some questions that come to mind are below however I am sure there are other things I havent though off:
Am I really legally married to this person (in terms of Fiji law and the USA law), or was this just a ceremony
If yes to the above question, what procedure do I need to do with Fiji to terminate this ?
Can the marriage be annulled or must we divorce ? (I prefer the easiest and most expedient)
Can it be terminated in Fiji or must it be terminated in the USA ?
What if 1 party isn’t in agreement to divorce, how would this be handled ? Can he contest this separation
Do any USA North Carolina rules of marriage apply to this situation at all (in North Carolina, a separation agreement is needed and physical separation for 1 year before the actual divorce can take place. This also protects me financially while the divorce or annulment is in process)
What rules of separation of assets applies in this case. Is it Fiji or USA law, I need to pretect my assets pre this marriage ceremony?
How long will it take? from the time I say go ahead to termination
Does either or both parties need to go to Fiji or can this be done while we are in the USA
Do I need a USA attorney or Fiji attorney. I would expect my spouse to get a USA attorney if we actually have to get a divorce
Thanks in advance for your attention and response