CASE STUDY 1: David from England - Remarriage in
David, a private British citizen living in Brazil, had been married
for a number of years to a lady living in London. They had been
separated for several years already, and were on good terms, but the
time and expense of travelling half way around the world, arranging
lawyers and court hearings meant that they had put off getting a
However, David wished to marry his partner, a Brazilian citizen, in
Brazil. This was necessary to obtain permanent residence status in
Brazil, which in turn would grant him many local privileges. But
before he could get married, he would of course need formal documents
to prove that he had legally divorced his former spouse.
Having read about offshore divorces in the Dominican Republic, David
contacted one of the law firms recommended in The International
Express Divorce Kit. He had his wife sign the appropriate papers
at the Dominican consulate in London, a simple ten minute procedure,
then he flew to Santo Domingo on a cheap and convenient flight
operated by Copa.
The divorce decree was issued the following day, and within a couple
of weeks it had been legalized and translated for use and recognition
in Brazil. This was easily taken care of by the Dominican attorneys
for no extra fee. Within 14 days of starting the process, David
received his divorce decree by Fedex and was able to remarry legally
as he desired.
CASE STUDY 2: Marc Anthony And Dayanara Torres
Article by Ramon Almanzar of Associated Press
June 1, 2004
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -
A judge approved a divorce Tuesday for Puerto Rican salsa singer Marc
Anthony and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.
The authorization for divorce will now go through other officials,
including the secretary of state for external relations and then the
U.S. Embassy, at which point it should be finalized.
Judge Maritza Capellan had reserved judgment Thursday after hearing
the arguments of Ana Ramos, a lawyer for Anthony. Court documents
revealed her decision on Tuesday.
"It's fitting to accept this divorce by mutual consent," the judge
said in her ruling.
Reached in New York, a spokesman for Anthony, Gerald McKelvey,
declined to comment.
Anthony was present during the hearing last week on the motion filed
May 25 by both him and Torres, a Puerto Rican crowned Miss Universe
Anthony and Torres married in Las Vegas in 2000. They split up in
July 2002, but never legally separated. They renewed their wedding
vows at a lavish ceremony at a cathedral in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in
December 2002. They have two young children, Cristian and Ryan.
The judge's divorce ruling says Anthony is to pay Torres US$3,500 a
month in alimony, plus child support of US$6,500 a month for each
It also says Torres is to keep homes in Miami and San Juan, Puerto
Rico, while Anthony will keep another home just outside San Juan,
plus others in Long Island, New York, and New York's Catskill
According to the document, Anthony also agreed to turn over cars - a
BMW and Lincoln Navigator - to Torres within a month.
CASE STUDY 3: Diana Ross
DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -Singer Diana Ross and her husband of 14
years, Arne Naess, have divorced in the Dominican Republic.
Judge Samuel Arias Arzeno, who granted the divorce Friday, said Ross was
not present in the Santo Domingo court. She authorized the divorce, for
reasons of "mutual consent," through a written document, the judge said
The Dominican Republic offers quick divorces to foreigners. Naess
announced the couple's separation in April. The couple married on Feb. 1,
1986. Ross, 55, and Naess, 61, have two children. The singer-actress also
has two daughters from a previous marriage and another daughter from a
relationship with Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Ross became a household name in the 1960s with The Supremes. The group's
hits include "Baby Love," "Where Did Our Love Go?" and "Stop, in the Name