New Jersey fans of actress Scarlett Johansson may have heard that she is divorcing her husband, Romaine Dauriac. They have a 2-year-old daughter together. Their custody dispute was a private negotiation until March 7 when Johansson and her attorney filed divorce papers in New York.
By filing in New York, Johansson may have made a preemptive move that will help her get custody of the child without having to fight for it in Dauriac's home country of France. The child's place of residence is considered to be the place where the child has spent the previous six months, and Johansson may have filed as she reached the six-month mark with her daughter in New York. Dauriac could still file in France, and this would lead to what is known as a bi-national jurisdiction conflict. The residency rule would hold the key to resolving it. However, Dauriac's attorney has said that he will remain in New York if the two can share custody.