SELECTED GUAM LAWS AFFECTING DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW MATTERS
Guam is an American hub on the edge of Asia and the home of several major military installations. The people of Guam and their elected leaders have always been supporters of the armed forces and of Americans living in the far east. Guam is also a vacation haven for people living in Asia.
Perhaps for these reasons, the legislature of Guam passed laws creating favorable residency requirements for Military and overseas Americans seeking divorce in the Guam Courts. These laws are equally applicable to Americans in the mainland.
Recent changes to Guam law allow an uncontested divorce where one of the parties "resides" in Guam for seven days before the filing of the divorce complaint. The legislative history, including the floor debate on this provision, make it clear, that the residency requirement can be met by a seven day stay in Guam. The purpose of this requirement was to promote tourism by requiring at least one party to an uncontested divorce to come to Guam.
Uncontested Non Resident Divorce. For a discussion of the provision regarding non resident divorce, the court's jurisdiction, and recognition of Guam divorces by other states, click here.
Contested Divorce for Non Residents. For a discussion of the instances when Guam may take jurisdiction of contested divorces, click here.
Click here for the Guam Divorce Statutes Concerning Divorce.
For information on Guam laws regarding jurisdiction in child custody disputes, click here.
Click here for information on Guam Child Support Laws.
Statutes and Regulations
Title 5, Guam Code Annotated
Chapter 34 - Child Support
Chapter 35 - Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
Title 7, Guam Code Annotated
Chapter 35 - Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.
Title 19, Guam Code Annotated
Chapter 3- The Contract of Marriage
Chapter 4 - Parent and Child
Chapter 5 - Family Court Act
Chapter 6 - Community Property
Chapter 7 - Guam Conciliation Law
Chapter 8 - Dissolution of Marriage