Recognition of Divorce : United KingdomIn April 1988, UK made some amendments to its Law concerning the recognition of divorces granted to its citizens by foreign countries. Those changes set the recognition standards of divorces obtained by means of proceedings and by other means.

On one hand, under these amendments, the United Kingdom shall recognize a divorce issued by foreign jurisdictions through by means of proceedings valid if:

  1. The divorce is effective under the law of the country in which it was obtained; and
  2. At the date of the commencement of the proceedings either party to the marriage was:
    1. Habitually resident in the country in which the divorce was obtained; or
    2. Domiciled in that country; or
    3. A national of that country

On the other hand, a foreign divorce obtained by its citizens other than by means of proceedings shall be recognized by the UK if:

  1. The divorce is effective under the law of the country in which it was obtained; and
  2. At the date on which it was obtained:
    1. Each party to the marriage was domiciled in that country; or
    2. Either party to the marriage was domiciled in that country and the other party was domiciled in a country under whose law the divorce is recognized as valid; and
    3. Neither party to the marriage was habitually resident in the United Kingdom throughout the period of one year immediately preceding that date; and
    4. There is an official document certifying that the divorce is effective under the law of the country in which it is obtained (or where the parties was at the date of the divorce domiciled in another country, there shall be an official document certifying that the divorce is recognized as valid under the law of that country.

 

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