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Looking at getting married to the Thai gf but she needs to sort out her divorce first. She was married overseas to a citizen of that country when she was living in that country many years ago. They broke up at least 3 years ago (the man ended the relationship) and she moved back to Thailand. The marriage was never registered in Thailand. She's been trying to get that guy to do the divorce in his country so everything is all legally done, but he is taking forever and seems in no rush to do it. Other option is for her to do the divorce in Thailand herself claiming abandonment by the husband for over 3 years. She has the original marriage certificate from that country.

 

How long does a divorce process take from start to finish? Does a lawyer in Thailand need to be consulted to do a divorce, or can she do it herself? Does anyone know roughly the costs to get a divorce here in Thailand when someone was married overseas? Anyone know or have experience on the best way of doing this in Thailand?

 

She's been trying to research it online from other Thai people who also were married overseas and divorced here and apparently it can cost around US$2,000 which to me seems ridiculous. If all divorces cost that much, that could also be a reason why her ex is not keen or in a rush to get the divorce finalised in his country.

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11 minutes ago, bbi1 said:

Looking at getting married to the Thai gf but she needs to sort out her divorce first.

You have three choices,

1) Just live with her, a fairly common state in Thailand.

2) Choose a woman with less potentially expensive problems.

3) Marry her in Thailand, and forget the unrecognised foreign marriage. 

 

Surprised she told you, you sure she isn't just looking for $2,000?

Sick buffalo, Mom needs an operation, I've got some land to plant rubber trees, I just need some money for a divorce ..... et al.

I'm of the opinion serial foreigner hunters aren't worth much effort, but understand you might feel differently.

Choose wisely and good luck.

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What country did she marry in?

 

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Beware a university gal, might have big

ideas and might be smarter than you.

Check the depth before you dive in.

My Missus is Lao, never had education, but

smart enough to rip through a Times sudoku,

and keep me amused for 21 yrs.

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Why doesn’t she just go back to that country and initiate the divorce? She shouldn’t have to stay there the whole time it’s being adjudicated.

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Presuming that you are not an expert on matrimonial law in whatever country your wife was married, the easiest solution is to get a lawyer in the country in which she was married

 

It is possible to get a divorce in Thailand even if married abroad, but usually that is done where there is consent of the parties involved. Whether you can register the marriage here unilaterally and then apply for a divorce from the Thai courts (which most countries would accept as a valid divorce) is something that a Thai lawyer familiar with family law should be able to advise you on.

 

Bear in mind that some countries have archaic marriage laws so don't permit divorce without consent of both parties, or have rules such as 5 year separation without consent (i.e. you would have to wait another 2 years to divorce unilaterally) etc. Without knowing which country is involved or the type of marriage involved (different countries have different customs for wedding ceremonies, and not all are valid for these purposes), it is impossible to even do basic research on what is required. 

 

The poster suggesting you get married in Thailand regardless isn't completely wrong. You can get what is referred to a temple wedding where you basically get a public blessing as a couple which gives some legitimacy to the relationship and a public ceremony to which she can invite her (and your) family etc. but don't register the marriage at the Amphur as this could cause problems for one or both of you down the line as of course registering the 'legal' marriage would be technically a criminal offence as being bigamous and would be legally void if it ever came to it.  

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57 minutes ago, BTB1977 said:

You both fly back to what ever country she is married in. Hire a lawyer and pay whatever it cost. As she is worth everything to you. Getting a thai girl out of a problem that is not your problem is a stupid thing to do. Wake up. 30,000,00 thai women and this one is the best of all thailand. 555. Why you fooling around with a married women? 

If they are legally separated, then she is only married in a technical sense. Quite a judgemental post

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hahaha, you worry for 2000$

 

you probably will quotes here from some "lawyer" and it will cost you MUCH MUCH MORE

 

thai - thai is cheap

 

if a farang is involved, the sky is the limit and you FARANG has no choice but PAYING the ridiculous price, knowing the average thai here earns 300 baht a day and they ask that per 5 MINUTES, well they will per hour !!!   6000 - 9000 baht per hour or more of "consultation", 25.000 - 99.999 baht per appearance in court ...

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21 hours ago, bbi1 said:

None of those 3 options work for us. I want things to all be done legally for down the track, especially if we will later on be buying property and investments together. Plus it's not a good idea to have a non-legal marriage in Thailand when later on I will probably be staying here on a Non-O marriage option rather than METV.

 

No sick buffalo, no operation, etc. She's not from Issan or one of these hookers that many foreigners seem to like to get into a relationship with. All out expenses are shared, she has a decent job and is university educated.

She will be the owner of the property and investments and you will be the ATM provider

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