Navigating the complexities of foreign divorce decree recognition in Turkey can be a daunting task. However, by enlisting the support of seasoned family lawyers at Akkas Law Firm, you can streamline the entire procedure. Our expert attorneys specialize in international family law and possess an in-depth understanding of the complexities involved.
Table of Contents
International marriages have become increasingly common in our globalized world, leading to a rise in cross-border legal issues, including divorce. For couples with foreign origins who have obtained a divorce decree abroad and wish to have it recognized in Turkey, understanding the procedures, conditions, and legal aspects is crucial.
Our Turkish divorce lawyers also represent our clients in other family law issues including; contested divorce, uncontested divorce, child custody, child support, foreign divorce decree recognition, and other family law litigation.
Steps for Foreign Divorce Decree Recognition
A divorce decree obtained from a non-Turkish court does not automatically annul a marriage that was registered or has taken place in Turkey. Any Turkish citizen involved in such a legal separation should file a suit in Turkey to have the foreign divorce decree recognized by a Turkish family court.
Divorce decrees issued in jurisdictions outside of Turkey are not considered valid for purposes of a divorce in Turkey. However, under certain circumstances, it may be advisable for the divorcees to also register the divorce with the Turkish Family Courts in order to legally terminate the marriage in Turkey.
This is not necessary for all cases and would generally only take place if a marriage that was originally registered with the Turkish consulate or local Vital Statistics Office (Nufus Dairesi) where one member may continue to reside in Turkey, and for the purposes of that person’s legal standing within Turkey.
Conditions and Procedures for Foreign Divorce Decree Recognition
Recognizing a foreign divorce decree in Turkey involves specific conditions and procedures. Firstly, the foreign court’s jurisdiction over the divorce must be examined to ensure its validity. The decree must also meet the legal requirements of the country where it was issued. The foreign decree should not violate Turkish public order, morality, or fundamental rights.
The recognition process typically starts by submitting an application to the competent Turkish court. This application should include relevant documents such as the foreign divorce decree, translated and notarized copies, proof of notification to the ex-spouse, and any necessary affidavits. The court will then assess the application based on Turkish laws and international agreements.
Court Costs and Attorney Fees
While the exact costs can vary, it’s essential to budget for court expenses and potential attorney fees when seeking foreign divorce decree recognition in Turkey. Court costs cover administrative fees associated with filing the application and processing the case. Attorney fees are an investment in securing professional legal assistance throughout the process, ensuring that all legal nuances are appropriately addressed.
Family Lawyer Services
Given the complexities of international family law, consulting a knowledgeable family lawyer is highly recommended. Experienced family lawyers specialize in handling cross-border legal matters and can provide essential guidance through the recognition process. They assist in document preparation, liaising with courts, ensuring compliance with legal requirements, and representing clients’ interests.
Reach us for Foreign Divorce Decree Recognition
Recognizing a foreign divorce decree in Turkey involves adhering to specific conditions and procedures, along with associated court costs and attorney fees. A divorce obtained abroad can facilitate the recognition process. Engaging the services of a skilled family lawyer is a strategic choice to navigate the intricate legal landscape and safeguard your interests throughout the process.
At Akkas Law Firm, we understand the significance of foreign divorce decree recognition and its implications for international couples. Our experienced family lawyers specialize in cross-border legal matters and can guide you through every step of the recognition process.
Contact us today for expert assistance tailored to your unique situation for your foreign divorce decree recognition.