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Possible to divorce my Thai wife from overseas ?

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I had the same situation as you with my Thai ex. - many moons ago. We divorced in Oz - neither of us went to court.

If there are no children from the union it is a rubber-stamp job, if both agree. You simply download the form, pay the fee and serve a copy on your soon-to-be permanent ex. Property settlement is a bit off subject, but contrary to what others may tell you, the Family Law Act in Oz was changed quite some years ago after a succession of greedy (mostly Phillipina at the time) ladies married old blokes (mainly farmers at the time) whose wives had died, then dumped them and sued for the farm so to speak. The law was changed to protect wealthy partners from gold-diggers and these days the court looks at exactly what each partner brought into the marriage, dollar wise. If she brought in zilch and you own a house in your own name and there are no kids, as a general rule you keep your house. It is a whole different kettle of fish if there is a child, or if you have, say, bought a property together. From the sounds of it, you don't plan on getting hitched up again to a Thai anytime soon. If and when you go to Thailand, pay the baht over there for a certified translation and go to the amphur, they will sort it and dirt cheap too. That's what I did. Good luck mate !

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7 hours ago, Hervey Bay said:

Ok.....can anyone tell me how straightforward it is ?

 

Why don't you ask the Thai embassy in your home country? It's even smarter to Google it than ask here. 

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Just divorce in oz. The QLD family law court ruled they could divorce me from a thai umphur marriage years ago. Both parties were Oz residents.

As for property split with 2 kids. Qld arbitration ruled a 35/65 split in my favour. So dont listen to all the nay sayers.

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did you not have to sign a paper in your home country, that before marrying, you will be liable if she needs whatever for x amount of years, they will come knock on your door to pay the bill ?

 

like a K1 in USA?

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21 hours ago, Aussiepeter said:

I had the same situation as you with my Thai ex. - many moons ago. We divorced in Oz - neither of us went to court.

If there are no children from the union it is a rubber-stamp job, if both agree. You simply download the form, pay the fee and serve a copy on your soon-to-be permanent ex. Property settlement is a bit off subject, but contrary to what others may tell you, the Family Law Act in Oz was changed quite some years ago after a succession of greedy (mostly Phillipina at the time) ladies married old blokes (mainly farmers at the time) whose wives had died, then dumped them and sued for the farm so to speak. The law was changed to protect wealthy partners from gold-diggers and these days the court looks at exactly what each partner brought into the marriage, dollar wise. If she brought in zilch and you own a house in your own name and there are no kids, as a general rule you keep your house. It is a whole different kettle of fish if there is a child, or if you have, say, bought a property together. From the sounds of it, you don't plan on getting hitched up again to a Thai anytime soon. If and when you go to Thailand, pay the baht over there for a certified translation and go to the amphur, they will sort it and dirt cheap too. That's what I did. Good luck mate !

A very accurate summary.  On top of that I would strongly advise you to say nothing about this to your ex. and go get a female divorce lawyer. Yes female - it helps - over 80% of family court personnel are women - and most female lawyers operate in family court matters - and only women know how to negotiate (successfully) with another woman. Only talk to your ex after you have spoken to a lawyer.  When it comes to this situation, most women will take men apart - we dont have a clue. 

 

Before anyone can give you any advice, they would need to know a lot more about your circumstances, which of course is not a smart thing to do on a public forum.  Get a lawyer's advice - this is an absolute must. I am not saying get a lawyer and go to court - I am saying go see a lawyer and get advice on what to do and what your options are.   Divorce is easy in Aus - unless the ex wants a fight and wants to get as much money/assets out of you as she can - and unless you have a kid/s.  Either way - get legal advice.  Do not assume she is going to co-operate - you would not be the first male idiot to believe her and then find at the last minute she has been setting you up (with her lawyer's advice). 

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On 11/4/2019 at 12:02 PM, agrow said:

just remember in Australia she will get the lions share of your assets

Not necessarily. Depends on the circumstances. My ex only got what I offered & that was what I felt she deserved.

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For the interested Americans, if both parties agree, Guam only requires 7 days residency to get a divorce there.

A friend of mine married to a Thai lady got his divorce there. I dont think she had to appear, just sign a notarized document of the decree if I remember correctly.

 

Another friend of mine married to a Filipina was able to divorce her from the US and she didnt have to appear either.

She had to sign a waiver of appearance at the US Embassy in Manila and then the agreed upon decree and the judge in the US (Texas) granted the divorce.

This was with kids, a house in the PI and child support, but since they agreed to everything, it was possible.

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