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  MARRYING AND DIVORCING IN THAILAND
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How to protect yourself and your children in case of separation.
 
1) what are the various forms of divorce in Thailand? 
2) What can the obligations of the parents be in case of separation? 
3) Can foreigners adopt Thai children?

Grounds for Divorce in Thailand The Social Lawyers
The grounds for divorce in Thailand reflect the reasons why, historically, countless people file for divorce in Thailand.

Reasons For Divorce:

1.    at list one year period of separation
2.    One spouse has deserted the other for over one year
3.    The husband has another woman as his spouse
4.    The wife has committed adultery
5.    Misconduct (criminal or otherwise)
6.    One spouse has physically or psychologically harmed the other
7.    Lack of Maintenance and Support
8.    One spouse has had incurable mental insanity for at least 3 years
9.    One spouse has broken the promise of good behaviour
10.  One spouse has a fatal, contagious and hazardous disease
11.  One spouse has a physical handicap and is unable to cohabit as husband and wife.

1) Forms of divorce.
First of all, it is necessary to distinguish between two main types of divorce:
Consensual and Non-Consensual. Consensual divorce means that both spouses agree to divorce, Non-Consensual divorce means that one of the two spouses does not agree to divorce.
In the first case, the Thai legislation profoundly differs from western law. In Thailand, in case the two spouses agree, it won't be necessary to appear in front of a judge. Consensual divorces can be quickly obtained and registered at the local municipality, even if the couple has produced offspring. If the couple has no children, they can divorce in half an hour! Even though this indeed represents the fastest and easiest way, a petition to obtain a consensual divorce can also be presented to the Family Court.
A consensual, judicial divorce could be, in fact, necessary in particular cases such as, for example, the need to register the Thai act abroad. Some European countries, against any logic and common sense, do not accept divorces registered at the municipality. The fact that, here, these acts are considered and certified as perfect is not enough for some zealous western bureaucrats. The consequence is that many western embassies are obliged to demand a proper sentence issued by a court of justice.
 
2) Parent obligations.
In Thailand parent obligations are very similar to the ones enforced in Europe or other western countries with one very relevant difference: the parents can agree the terms of the divorce and the reciprocal obligations toward children and registered in the act of divorce at the Thai municipality. Nevertheless this kind of agreement, unlike a judicial sentence, is easily impugnable by both spouses in case one of the two should not respect in full the terms of the agreement or should the circumstances change.
In such cases, the court will first try a "conciliation" summoning both parents even several times, then judge according to what they deem reasonable and best for the children. Usually, both parents are obliged to participate in accordance with their incomes, social position, etc.
I would like to remind all foreign nationals that to "run away" from obligations toward children is never a solution and can easily configure a serious crime, punishable everywhere.

3) Adoptions. Can foreign nationals adopt children?
In theory, we can lightly answer this final question with the famous Obama's first campaign slogan: "yes you can!"...but in real life things are, to say the least, very difficult in this field.
A couple who wants to adopt a Thai child from abroad must firstly be compulsorily married and then has to obtain an "international adoption certificate " in their own country. In this case, only orphans guested in public or recognized structures can be adopted. If the couple lives in Thailand and one of the two is a Thai citizen, things are relatively simpler. The couple must be married, and both potential adoptive parents must be at least 15 years older than the child. Differently than in Europe, they can, in theory, be both ultra-centenarian (more then 100 years old) following the wise Thai principle that older is better,
which is, among many others, very much one of the reasons that makes me love this country!

 

 

GROUND FOR DIVORCE IN THAILAND


Despite what the majority of foreigners, including many foreign lawyers and attorneys, wrongly believe, in Thailand, the pure will of one of the spouses to divorce it is not enough. Unless you and your spouse agree to divorce in Thailand, the procedure can be lengthy and stressing.
To propose an action for divorce to a Thai Court, more specifically to the pertinent Juvenile and Family Court. In case the couple has produced children a preliminary interview at the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection will be mandatory.

To enter a petition for divorce in Thailand the proposer needs to present clear evidence of the GROUND FOR DIVORCE
as here quoted (free translation of the Thai Civil Code regulating family issues and divorce in Thailand:

One of the spouses (husband or wife) has provided support to or honoured another person as wife or husband, perpetrated adultery or had a regular sexual interchange with such other person; such other spouse may start an action for divorce;
one spouse is guilty of wrongdoing, notwithstanding whether such wrongdoing is a criminal offence or not, if it causes the other:
1) to be severely ashamed;
2) to be offended of hated or account of the continuation of being husband or wife of the spouse having performed the wrongdoing;
or to convey excessive injury or trouble where the condition, position and cohabitation as husband and wife are taken into consideration;
the latter may enter a petition for divorce;
3) one of the spouses has produced severe injury or torture to the body or mind of the other or has gravely insulted the other or his or her ascendants, the latter may enter a petition for divorce;
4) one spouse has abandoned the other for more than one year, the latter may present a petition for divorce;
5) one of the spouses had condemned by a final decision of the Court and has been jailed for more than one year in the offence committed without any participation, permission or in the knowledge of the other, and the cohabitation as husband and wife will cause the other party to sustain undue injury or trouble, the latter may enter a petition for divorce;
6) the husband and the wife voluntarily live separately because they are unable to cohabit peacefully for more than three years, or live independently for more than three years by order of the Court, either spouse may enter a request for divorce;
7) one spouse has been deemed to have disappeared or has left his or her habitation or residence for more than three years and is unsure whether he or she is living or dead;
8) one of the spouses has failed to give just support and maintenance to the other or committed acts severely conflicting to the relationship of husband and wife to such a degree that the other has been in extreme discomfort where the condition, position and cohabitation as husband and wife are taking into consideration, the latter may propose a petition for divorce;
9) one of the spouses has been an insane person for more than three years continuously, and such madness is hardly curable so that the continuation of marriage cannot be expected, the other may enter a petition for divorce;
10) one spouse has broken a bond of good behaviour performed by him or her, the other spouse may enter a claim for divorce;
11) one spouse is suffering from a contagious and threatening illness which is incurable and may cause harm to the other, the latter may file a petition for divorce;
12) one spouse has a physical disadvantage to be permanently unable to cohabit as husband and wife, the other may enter a claim for divorce.

                    A Pre Nuptial Agreement
              will avoid many future problems in case of divorce.

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