Many marriages end in divorce, however the couples often do succeed in settling their matters reasonably and without a legal dispute.
Such an unconsented divorce, also called administrative divorce, is conducted through mutual statements of consent by the spouses at the local district office. It is relatively easy to register and formalize in Thailand as it does not require a reason for the divorce. It often involves a written agreement that sets forth the terms of the settlement between the spouses.
What are the requirements of a divorce agreement in Thailand?
*Lawyers cannot act on your behalf of the spouses for this kind of divorce even by a power of attorney.
In this regard, witnesses can be Thai or foreigners but must be adults 20 years of age or older with a sound of mind and have never been bankrupt.
Upon completion of the divorce agreement, it shall be registered at a district office with two witnesses in accordance with Section 1515 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code. If both spouses signed the divorce agreement, but one party does not register at the office, the other party shall have the right to request a court’s order to that effect (Supreme Court No. 1291/2500).
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