I’ve had several cases involving property located outside of Texas and it is an interesting issue. When you are in court discussing those issues, you have a situation where the judge has jurisdiction over the person that is in front of them but they really don’t have jurisdiction over the property that is located in other states.
So, what they can do is order a division of the property. They can order a person to sell the property or they can award a percentage of property to the other spouse. However, you sometimes run into enforcement issues, because if it is an issue where the property has to be sold and one side is trying to block the sale, then you may have to go hire an attorney in that other state to go ask for a receiver to be appointed over the property to get it sold.
That’s one of the areas where being part of the American Academy has helped me, because I’ve had situations where I had to contact an attorney in Florida or an attorney in New York to get assistance on an enforcement issue.
Likewise, I’ve had calls where attorneys in other states have had jurisdictional issues in Texas and they have called and asked me to handle the jurisdictional issue here. It’s good to have that contact. The division is easy; it’s enforcement of the order that becomes the difficult issue.