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Good Evening Mr. McMullen,

While living in Mexico, I married a Mexican lady from Sinaloa, in Sinaloa.  This happened 5 years ago.  After a couple weeks I quickly realized there were a lot of lies and realized I made a big mistake.  I moved back to the USA, and off and on for the last five years my wife has said she was going to take care of the divorce.  Well, she still hasn't and I need to do something about it.  I am in contact with her through email and she seems eager to get the divorce as well.  

My question to you is, how difficult will it be to get a divorce if we are both willing?  Will this drag out for months or years?  Do I have to fly down to Sinaloa or can get I do all documents and have them notarized in Tijuana? (About an hours drive South).  Some general advice would be so very much appreciated, I have no idea what to do.

Thank you so much


Sorry you didnīt meet the one.  Divorce will depend upon where the parties reside.  Laws differ by state but in some states it is possible to do an administrative divorce, which is the quickest and looks like will work in your case, if not then you may be able to do a regular divorce but through someone being your attorney in fact where you execute a special power of attorney, this eliminates the need for frequent trips and hassles.

Good luck

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Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen


All general law questions regarding Mexico. Birth / Death / Marriage certificates / Apostilles as well as real estate documents from the State of Jalisco and dual nationality. Licenciado en Derecho (Mexican law degree) Cedula 7928026 / Estatal 114067), Postgraduate Specialty Degree and 8 postgraduate diploma degrees, official Jalisco State Court Translator (Perito Traductor), US Consulate and Guadalajara Municipal Translator


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