Divorce Process in Thailand
This is the start of the divorce process in Thailand. If you are looking for legal assistance with your divorce in Thailand then you will need to gather as many documents that you have. Below is a list of these documents and take this with you to the attorney in Thailand so that they have any idea who you are, what you own and where the divorce will occur. Other proof and reasons for the divorce will more likely come on the second visit once they start the process. Speak to an attorney in Thailand before you start the divorce process in Thailand.
Divorce Process in Thailand
1. You will need a copy of your marriage certificate. If you got married in Thailand then it is best of obtain copies or the originals of both certificates. The standard marriage certificate as well as the multipage marriage certificate. The attorney can make certified copies of these are their offices for you if you bring in the originals;
2. Your prenuptial agreement as well as proof that the prenuptial agreement was registered with the Amphurs offices in Thailand. Again the original would be good to have as copies can be made. If you got married overseas in your own home country then the marriage certificate and prenuptial agreement from abroad would be needed;
3. Your passport;
4. If you are not going to litigate and wish to settle the matter by way of a divorce agreement then you will need to make a list of assets and liabilities and all the documents as listed here. Your Thai wife would normally seek legal help as well so take this into account as it is still much easier and cost effective than litigation;
5. If this is an unopposed divorce or no fault divorce as Americans call it then your Thai wife’s Tabien Baan (House Papers) and Thai national ID card would also be needed;
6. Your children’s birth certificates as well as school report cards would also be needed;
7. If you are renting as a family then the rental agreement should also be taken with. If not then a copy of your title deed to the house, villa or condominium unit would also speed along things much faster if this is an unopposed or no fault divorce in Thailand;
8. If you have a superficies registered or a usufruct then these would also be needed.
These are normally all the documents you will need. If it is an unopposed divorce then the process is simple however litigated divorces will cost both time and money. Consider what the main issues are and speak to your divorce attorney in Thailand as to what is best. The most common issues in Thailand tend to be:
- – Child Custody is the number one problem during a divorce in Thailand;
- – Property ownership and how to manage the sale or who gets the proceeds;
- – Child alimony in Thailand and how best to solve the amount as well as methods of payment;
- – Access to the children and if they can travel outside of Thailand;
- – Maintenance for your ex-wife also does come up
These are some of the most common issues and you can search this website for more on these.
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