How to get a Divorce in Cyprus
In 2003 the Marriage Law was put to action in Cyprus. The procedure was divided on the before or after 2003 date of marriage. If you got married before 2003 then your divorce would have to be dissolved by the Cypriot Family Court Law, but if you married after 2003 then you would get your divorce dissolution according to the Marriage Law regulation.
By Cyprus Law the term “legal separation” is not recognised or acknowledged. Within three years after the marriage registration you can submit an application to the family court in Cyprus and get a marriage annulment.
What are the reasons for getting a divorce in Cyprus?
According to the legislation the following main reasons are taken into consideration when filing for divorce in Cyprus:
- the breakdown of the martial relationship,
- four years of continuous separation,
- the absence of one of the spouses for two or more years,
- the imprisonment of one the spouses,
- separation for five years,
- a violent behavior,
- an immoral behavior.
These are some of the main reasons people get divorced in Cyprus but there are of course a variety of many more reasons behind a divorce.
What are the divorce proceedings in Cyprus?
After a couple takes the decision to go ahead with a divorce in Cyprus, there are some procedures that have to be followed in order to do so. Firstly the couple has to file a petition with a cleric in the residential area of either the husband’s or the wife’s. After that a notification will come from the church stating the divorce procedures can begin with the ecclesiastical court. Three months must pass before the couple can submit their petition with the Cypriot Family Court.
The Family Court will decide in the following divorce issues:
- dissolution of marriages celebrated in churches,
- dissolution of a religious marriage, provided that the dissolution does not fall under the regulations of the Family Courts of the Religious Groups,
- dissolution of civil marriages, family issues such as child custody, maintenance and division of property.
Considering the difficulties arising from the application for divorce with ecclesiastical courts and family courts as well, couples are advised to ask for the legal advice from our office before commencing the procedure.