In 1800, Nancy Jackson (plaintiff) and Archibald Jackson (defendant) were married. Three years later, Nancy wanted a divorce. Nancy could not obtain a divorce in New York, and thus she traveled to nearby Vermont. In her divorce petition, Nancy alleged that she could no longer live with Archibald, because he was physically abusive and quick-tempered. The Supreme Court of Vermont granted Nancy a divorce and ordered that Archibald pay her $1,500 in alimony. Nancy then returned to New York and brought suit against Archibald. Nancy requested that the Supreme Court of New York acknowledge the Vermont divorce decree and order Archibald to pay the alimony owed to her. Archibald objected. Archibald urged the Supreme Court of New York to decline to enforce the judgment, because to do so would be inconsistent with the public policy of New York.