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This Week’s Pro Bono Success Story

June 23, 2010

A young Air Force servicemember, after several incidents of domestic violence, filed for divorce pro se in her state of domicile (Illinois), although she was stationed in another state and her husband had left the jurisdiction as well. She obtained a divorce decree by default judgment after her husband did not respond to the suit. Subsequently, the ex-husband hired a lawyer in Illinois and challenged the divorce decree on grounds that the servicemember wife was stationed outside of the state and not residing there. The judge set aside the divorce decree and found them to still be married. The Military Pro Bono Project found pro bono counsel in Illinois for the servicemember, and she was able to bring to the court’s attention that a person that moves because of military orders does not lose her residency or domicile, and was able to reinstate the divorce she so desperately needed.

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