Divorce

Divorce abroad

Foreign decisions on divorce or legal separation are normally recognised in Switzerland when handed down in the country of domicile or of habitual residence, or the state of nationality of one of the spouses, or if recognised in one of these countries (Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291)).

Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291) (de, fr, it)

To register a divorce pronounced abroad in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar), the originals of the following documents must be as a rule submitted to the Swiss representation with any necessary legalisation for forwarding to Switzerland:

  • divorce decree with the date on which it takes effect
  • decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • where applicable, changes of address of the divorced couple

These documents are intended to the competent civil status authority and will not be returned.

Divorce in Switzerland

In the case of a divorce pronounced in Switzerland, persons registered with a Swiss representation abroad are under an obligation to report the change of civil status. This requires submitting the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form) so that the register of the Swiss abroad can be updated:

  • photocopy of the divorce decree with the date on which it takes effect
  • photocopy of the decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • Where applicable changes of address of the divorced couple

There is no fee for the registration in question.

Divorce in Greece

The following documents must be submitted to the Regional Consular Centre: 

  • Divorce decree, original or copy legalised by the relevant court: Apofasi dikastiriou.
  • Legal agreement concerning childcare, original or copy legalised by the relevant court: Grapti symfonia gia tin epimelia ton paidion.
  • Declaration of renunciation of reciprocal claims, original or copy legalized by the relevant court: Paraitisi apo ta endika mesa.
  • Legalised copy of marriage certificate not older than six months with margin note regarding divorce issued by the relevant civil registry office: Lixiarchiki praxi gamou apo to lixiarchio me anafora tou diazigiou oxi palaoteri ton 6 minon.
  • Current residential address of former spouses.

All documents must stamped with Apostille (Sfragida tis Chagis) and translated into a Swiss official language (German, French or Italien) or into English.  

Divorced Swiss women may also be requested to make a declaration regarding use of name after the divorce (further information and the corresponding form may be obtained from the Regional Consular Centre. In this case, a fee is applicable).