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My dad got married in michoacan, Mexico 40 years ago.  His wife left him 3 years after they got married.  He came to the calif, US 35 years ago.  They never got divorced.  She has always lived  in mexico, to the present now.   Now my dad wants a divorce so everything can be leagal.  Is it better to file the divorce here in US or in mexico?  Does it matter were it's filed?  Is she entitled to half his property that he has here in the US, even though they been separated for 38 years.  Does the divorce in Mexico have to be filed were they were married?  Does he have to go to Mexico or can a lawyer file everything for him.  Do you know a website or information were he can find a list of honest/reputable lawyers?   Thank you for all your time, help, and answers.

Hi, the divorce should be filed usually in the residence of the defendant.  One can also do a divorce giving power of attorney to someone.  Finding an honest lawyer, well.... maybe I can help if your issue is in the state of Jalisco.  I am a member of two bar associations, La Barra Mexicana de Abodagos and ANADE, these two groups usually have a higher class of attorney as continuing education is promoted.

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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


Law degree, specialty degree, postgraduate courses, intern for 3 years in State Civil Court in Chapala, Jalisco, interned 1 year in Jalisco State Supreme Court, extensive ongoing continuing education, past and present litigation in all types of courts (Federal, State, District, Agrarian, Criminal, Administrative, Tax, Business, Family, Civil, Unitarian, Appellate, Municipal), Internship in a Notary Public office

Barra Mexicana de Abogados, ANADE Colegio de Abogados, Mexican Translators Association, Colegio de Abogados de Derecho Fiscal y Administrativo del Estado de Jalisco, Colegio de Abogados de Chapala,

Yuculandia, Informador, Lake Chapala Reporter, Guadalajara Reporter,,, Good Morning America, ABC News Texas, Various online news sources,

Licenciado en Derecho (Law Degree) - Universidad America Latina, Especialidad en Derecho Procesal Civil y Mercantil (Specialty Postgraduate Degree) - Universidad Panamericana, Jalisco State Judicial Council Authorized Court Translator, Municipality of Guadalajara Authorized Translator, Federal Banking and Insurance Commission Arbitrator, Postgraduate diploma course in Condominium Administration, Postgraduate diploma course in Procedural Law, Postgraduate diploma course in Contractual Law, Postgraduate diploma course in Human Rights and Extraordinary Constitutional Writs, Postgraduate diploma course in Administrative Law, Postgraduate diploma course in Notarial Law, Postgraduate diploma course in Corporate Law, Postgraduate diploma course in Municipal Law, Certified Attorney ANADE Colegio de Abogados 2013, 2014, 2015 Mortgage Agent Certification - Mexican Association of Financial Intermediaries, California Real Estate Broker License US Federal Mortgage License Various courses in civil, business and tax law

Awards and Honors
Certified Attorney ANADE Colegio de Abogados 2013, 2014, 2015

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Large corporate clients as well as individuals and estates

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