American Indian/Alaska Native victims of sexual violence may need to access divorce or dissolution of marriage proceedings in tribal or state courts. This need may arise when a victim has survived marital or spousal rape or in cases where the stressors of surviving sexual violence have been a contributing factor to the ending of a marriage.
Divorce or dissolution proceedings are important for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of sexual violence for a number of reasons. Without a formal divorce order or dissolution decree, victims may face numerous challenges, even if they have physically separated from the spouse for a period of years:
When initiating divorce proceedings, it is important to file in the correct jurisdiction. Couples domiciled or living within the same tribal jurisdiction must file for divorce in tribal court. If children are involved, in general, the divorce should be filed in the jurisdiction where the children have been domiciled for the past six months. For more information on divorce for American Indian/Alaska Native victims with children you may visit the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women at: www.lrcvaw.org
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