Competing Divorce Jurisdiction in Ben Zobrist’s Divorce: Which State Wins?

Chicago natives may now know that Cubs player Ben Zobrist filed for a legal separation from his wife, Julianna Zobrist, in Tennessee, citing marital misconduct. Meanwhile, Julianna Zobrist has filed for dissolution of their marriage in Cook County, Illinois. Local reports seem to indicate that Ben Zobrist filed before Julianna Zobrist, but it is unclear since the filings were so close together. Of course, the legal question in all of this is, which state has divorce jurisdiction?

Divorce Jurisdiction and Illinois Residency Requirement

Exceptions to “First to File ‘Wins’ Jurisdiction”

“Home State” Divorce Jurisdiction When Children are Involved

That is a lot of attorneys and a lot of litigation between two different states. So, generally in those sorts of proceedings, the person who filed in the divorce jurisdiction that is not the home state (even if it was the first filing filed) will dismiss their action voluntarily so that everything can be litigated in the same state, to conserve resources.

Divorce Jurisdiction Complicated By Unique Property Division Issues

It will be interesting to see how the jurisdictional issue in the Ben Zobrist divorce (or legal separation) case is resolved. We suspect that someone will file a Motion to Dismiss the other’s case; or, that someone will withdraw their petition, but it certainly raises serious questions about competing jurisdictions in domestic relations proceedings.

In the meantime, while we wait to see what happens with the Zobrist divorce jurisdiction battle — Go Cubs, go!

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