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  1. H. Ender Keleş, Attorney at Law The Turkey Central community now has a community lawyer, Mr. Ender Keleş. Based in Izmir, Mr. Keleş speaks excellent English, as well as German, Dutch, and of course, Turkish. Mr. Keleş has been a member of Turkey Central for five years, and during that time, he has been helping our members (and guests) by answering legal questions in our legal forums. So we've asked Mr. Keleş if he would serve as our "community lawyer," that is, be a dedicated lawyer for our members to go to for legal services. We've also created a contact form for our members and guests to use to contact him. Legal Questions If you have a legal question, please post it in our legal forums. Mr. Keleş follows these forums for any new topics or replies, and he is happy to assist with any legal questions you might have. By posting your question in the forums, your question (and Mr. Keleş's reply), will help both you and others who might have the same question in the future. Here's more information about Mr. Keleş: H. Ender Keleş, Avukat (Attorney at Law), LL.M. Mr. Keleş's law firm, E&G International (“E&G”) is a full-service, multi-discipline law firm based in Izmir, Turkey. Along with the highest ethical values, E&G’s practice areas include real estate and property law, business law, commercial contract law, foreign investment law, corporate governance and structuring, family and divorce law, wills and inheritance law, commercial-civil litigation as well as debt recovery. Mr. Keleş also offers a wide range of legal services to clients from the US, UK, Europe, and Arab states of the Arabian Gulf. They have affiliated offices/business partners in most of the EU member states, including but not limited to, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Poland. Mr. Keleş also provides official “mediation” services as part of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for commercial and labor legal matters in Turkey. He is a member of organizations such as the International Mediator Group (IMG), ACA International, European Lawyers Solicitors Directory, Business Guide of Turkey, Helpline Law Legal Solution Worldwide, International Bar Associations as well as Global Law Experts. Languages: English, German, Dutch, and Turkish. Address: Manas Bulvarı, No:74, Trend Office K:1 D:3, Bayraklı İzmir-Turkey Telephone: (+90) 0 232 486 10 17 Cell Phone: (+90) 532 179 15 13 Website: www.eglegal.net Email: [email protected] Contact Mr. Ender Keleş Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. There may be a time when you need to perform a legal or financial task or sign a document in Turkey, but you're not in Turkey. Instead of spending the time and money to travel to Turkey, you can appoint someone else to do such things for you, using a power of attorney. What is a Power of Attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document in which you (the principal) designate and authorize another person (the agent) to perform one or more tasks on your behalf. Once you give this power, your agent can legally do whatever the power of attorney document says, as if they were you. Powers of attorney are frequently used in Turkey, and you can get one from any noter (notary). In Turkish, a power of attorney is called a vekaletname (veh-kah-let nah-meh). There are two general types of powers of attorney: general and specific. General Power of Attorney A general power of attorney can involve more than one person, more than one task, or both. It can give a wide range of powers, or certain powers to a group of people, such as a management team. Specific Power of Attorney A specific power of attorney empowers a single person to perform a single, specific task. As a rule of thumb, you should only give only those powers required to achieve your goal and no more. Additionally, your agent can only do what you specify in the power of attorney. For example, if your agent is supposed to convey ownership of a property from a seller to you, your agent can do those things required to convey ownership. They can't do anything else, such as transfer the title into their name or anyone else's name. Common Uses of the Power of Attorney You can use a power of attorney for practically anything. Most foreigners use them to hire a lawyer and have the lawyer sign documents on their behalf. They might empower a property agent to take care of various details in a property purchase. Or they might empower a trusted friend or family member to take care of an issue in the foreigner's absence. Below are some of the common uses of a power of attorney in Turkey: Hiring a Lawyer If you're going to do anything connected with the courts, you'll need a lawyer to represent you. The lawyer will need power of attorney to act on your behalf, to handle matters such as: Filing court documents Purchasing property and signing documents Conveying a property title deed from the seller to you Selling property Making investments and conducting financial transactions Managing tax issues Handling your inheritance Opening and registering a company for you Filing papers and performing tasks which don't involve the court Lawyers have a fiduciary responsibility under the law to act with due diligence and honesty, so they're usually the safest people you can give power of attorney. Working with a Property Agent Property agents often need power of attorney for: Arranging Appraisals Taking out Insurance Applying for military clearance Preparing, signing, and filing documents Paying taxes and fees Setting up your utilities Renting a property you own Managing your property Having a Person You Trust Take Care of a Legal or Financial Matter for You If you have a trusted relative or friend in Turkey, you can also give them power of attorney. They must be over 18 years of age and legally authorized to perform the task. Some of the things a trusted friend or relative can do for you include: Buying or selling your motor vehicle Receiving your residence permit from the PTT (post office) Withdrawing and spending your money Setting up your utilities Managing your business Making investments or financial transactions for you Signing legal documents Where and How to get a Power of Attorney in Turkey Notaries issue power of attorney documents, and the procedure for getting one is the same for both Turkish citizens and non-citizens. Notaries have a collection of templates to fit various situations, which they can modify to suit your specific needs. You can go to your local notary office and ask for a power of attorney. The person you're giving power of attorney to doesn't need to be there. You'll need the following documents: Identification, such as a residence permit or passport Tax number, if you don't have a residence permit Proof of address, such as your Address registration document Property title deed Rental contract, or Utility bills Copy of the ID card of your agent If your agent is a foreigner, you'll also need the agent's Nationality Place and date of birth Address For powers of attorney involving family law, divorce, property purchases, and property sales, you'll need four biometric photos. If you're getting a power of attorney on behalf of a company, you'll need proof of the company's existence and a document showing you have signature authorization. Getting a Turkish Power of Attorney in Another Country From a Turkish Embassy or Consulate If you're not in Turkey, you can get a Turkish power of attorney from any Turkish embassy or consulate. From a Notary in Your Country You can also get a power of attorney from a notary registered in your own country. Doing it this way is more complex and expensive because a foreign power of attorney must then be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille. After you get the apostille, you must have both the power of attorney and the apostille translated into Turkish by a sworn Turkish translator. Cost of a Power of Attorney The cost will vary according to how many words it contains. Notaries in Turkey have a fixed price schedule for all of the documents they produce and notarize, so there's no arbitrary pricing or bargaining involved. Expiration or Termination of a Power of Attorney Powers of attorney can have a limited or unlimited time period. In most cases, your power of attorney should have a clause saying it expires as soon as the task is completed, or have a fixed expiration date. If you want to terminate it before its natural expiration, go back to the notary office or to the Turkish embassy or consulate where it was created, and the notary will terminate it for you. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  3. All foreign documents which will be presented to the Turkish government must be internationally legalized with an apostille. Then the document, and the apostille, must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. In this guide, I'll explain what an apostille is, how you can get one for your foreign document, and what to do if your country doesn't issue apostilles. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a certificate, issued under the International Apostille Convention, which authenticates the origin of a public document. This makes the document it's attached to a legally recognized document in Turkey, and in other countries which are members of the International Apostille Convention. The Apostille Convention The Apostille Convention (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) established an agreed-upon, standard way of legalizing documents between countries. It required each country to designate one or more "competent authorities," as the convention calls them, to issue apostilles. You'll find a list of participating countries on the Hague Conference on Private International Law website. What To Do If Your Country Isn't On the List If your country isn't on the list, then it isn't participating in the Apostille Convention, and therefore doesn't issue apostilles. So you'll have to contact your country's embassy, consulate, or foreign ministry and ask them how to legalize your document for use in Turkey. And you can go directly to "Step 3: Get the Document and the Apostille Translated." The 3-Step Document Legalization and Translation Process While all of this sounds very complex, getting an apostille is actually quite simple, and a lot less intimidating once you understand this three-step process. Step 1: Learn Who the Competent Authority Is and How to Send Documents to Them In most countries, the government office which keeps public documents isn't the same government office which issues apostilles. The office that is authorized to issue them will be specifically named in the Apostille Treaty. There's a handy list of all of the competent authorities, for every country in the convention, here: HCCH Authorities (per Party) Find your country on the list and click on the link which has the words "Competent Authority (Article 6)." That will take you to a page which explains how to contact the competent authority, including a link to a website which should give you information about where to send your document, what the fee is, and how much time it will take. Note: There may be one, or more, competent authorities for each country. For example, in the UK the competent authority is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), while each of the UK's overseas territories each has its own. In the USA, each state has its own competent authority, and so does the federal government in Washington, DC). Step 2: Send Your Documents to the Competent Authority Create a cover letter which includes your e-mail address and telephone number, as well as your return address, the name of the document you're sending and its date and document number. Send the cover letter and document by registered mail or cargo delivery service to the address listed on the competent authority's website. What the Competent Authority Does Each competent authority has a file containing the signatures of government employees who are authorized to issue public documents. After receiving your document, they'll check the signature on the document against their signature exemplars. If everything is okay, they'll attach the apostille to your document (or stamp or place a seal on it), and send it back to you. How Much it Costs and How Long it Takes Each competent authority has its own fees, so the cost will vary. The time it takes will also vary according to your choice of delivery method. But once it gets to the competent authority, turnaround time is usually just one or two business days. Step 3: Get the Document and the Apostille Translated After you receive the document with its apostille (or other legalizing document if your country isn't part of the convention), both must be translated into Turkish by a yeminli çevirmen (sworn translator). The translator will then have the translation notarized. For a typical document, this might take as little as one or two hours. To learn more about sworn translators, see Sworn Turkish Translators: What They Do and How to Find One. Your Foreign Document is Now Legal in Turkey! You can now give your document to the Turkish authorities and it will be accepted. It is now as legal in Turkey as it is in your home country. Insider Tip: The notary will stamp both the original document, the apostille, and the translation on the back with his or her stamp. That stamp will include a document number. Photograph or write that number down and keep it for your files. If later you need those same translated and notarized documents, you can simply take that number back to the same notary and ask them to pull it from their files. It will be a lot cheaper than going through the whole process again. Finding a Sworn Translator The Yeminli Çevirmenlik Federasyonu (TURÇEF, or in English, Federation of Sworn Translators) Has a website here: https://www.turcef.net/ At the bottom of the home page is a menu of the regions of Turkey. You can use this to find a listing of sworn translators for your area, which include their contact information and the languages they are authorized to translate to and from. Another way to find a translator is to find a notary first. Notaries work with a specific group of translators who have offices nearby. Finding a Notary You can find all notaries public in Turkey here: http://www.tumnoterler.com/ You can also just walk around the center of town and look for their signs. To learn more about notaries, see Notaries in Turkey: What They Do, Why You'll Need One and How to Find Them. A Note on Private Companies which Arrange Apostilles Important! There are numerous private companies which charge for getting an apostille for your document. They are not "competent authorities" under the Apostille Convention. They simply do everything that I have written above, which you could just as easily do, and charge you for it. Assistance and Support If you have any questions about apostilles or other legal issues, please post them in our Turkish Law Forum. External Links The Apostille Handbook: A practical guide to the Apostille Convention and Apostilles. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. My mother passed away and she had a property in Istanbul that she owned. Title of deed or address are no where to be found. all I know is that the property is in Istanbul. there is no documentation at all about anything with relation to the property. all we have is her death certificate and her passport and visa stamp on passport. How can I find out about the property or obtain a new title deed document for inheritance purposes ? we are 2 sons and 1 daughter.
  5. Hello Everyone, I have started a company a year ago and not doing any business activities at all. Now I'm thinking of closing the company. Since it is a Limited Company I think just will leave it without filing the monthly taxes and not paying any taxes at all "Just Neglect it completely". But my Accountant said that I would be legally asked to pay the company debits when doing any gov related activity or in the airport. Now, I just want to make sure if I Neglect the company, what are the legal consequences? and is it true that I will be asked as my accountant said? because I am confused now! as I know the Limited company is separated from the owners/directors and shareholders. Any advice is welcomed.
  6. Looking for some legal advice from a professional have to go to court for an issue and would like some advice
  7. I want to know if it is illegal criminally to post someones picture and write about them in social medial and other online places. A Turkish man destroyed my life and did a lot of very bad things and is trying to use foreign women to get visas as he is very poor has alot of debt. I found out he is also writing other foreigners to try to befriend them to try to get Money. I posted his picture and wrote about what he did to me to warn others. He went to police and made a complaint and after 3 hours I was told that it was illegal in Turkey to post someones picture and write about them??? I asked for the law to support this and was given TPC. ARTICLE 134. I know he gave it to the police. The police basically forced me to remove it and didn't seem to care about what he had done, most recently telling me to go to Istanbul, promising to be waiting at the airport, have an apartment ready then not showing up and leaving me in the street in the middle of the might with no place to sleep and I had to foot a huge hotel bill. Prior to that he was trying to get a fiance visa and money for his debt. Are there any lawyers who could clarify??
  8. Hi, my name is Craig and i am needing a bit of advice before i book my holiday for this summer. I havent been to Turkey for about 12 years, on my last visit i had an accident on a quadbike that resulted in a week in intensive care in the hospital in fetiye. Anyway when i woke up i was greeted by police officers with the news i had been charged with 3 offenses, driving without a licence, driving without a helmet and dangerous driving which i had to appear in court for. However a turkish friend i had over managed to get my passport back so i just went home and obviously not to the court case. So my question is, is it safe to return? Or will the charges come up upon entering the country again. I am aware that the statute of limitations is up but im not sure if this applies to this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. I have a question burning in my mind that I would love to have answered. I have been living in Turkey since 2010. I came to Turkey married, became separated in 2012 and divorced through the Turkish Family Courts in 2015. I was granted custody of our children, both hold US and Turkish citizenship, with their father having the minimal visitation required by Turkish law. My ex husband has made a right mess of his finances over the years. He does not pay the support outlined in our divorce decree. He also can no longer show the amount of money required for me to meet the financial requirement when applying for an RP. I do not have the financial means to meet the obligation myself either. When I need to renew I am putting money in the bank, getting a statement, and then giving the money back to whomever it came from. I do this because I must be with my children. My question is: I am committing a crime every time I have needed to renew my resident permit over the past couple of years. I would like to know what would happen if I were to refuse to do so any longer? Specifically- since I am the custodial parent would I be able to leave WITH my children? Or would they just kick me out without them? Their father has been a "father of convenience" since we separated. If it was convenient for him to spend time with them, he did, if it wasn't he didn't. My children would be devastated if I were separated from them. They are quite young- 6 and 8. They are not particularly bonded to their father because of how little time he spent with them over the years. I would appreciate any and all responses. I am very tired and fed up with our situation. I find it incredibly stressful to even just apply for an RP because I am always scared that won't be able to find money or something will go wrong and I will have to leave. My ex husband not being able to financially support us is also a huge stress, it affects my parenting, my psyche everything. I am tired and just want to take my children back to the US. I am not interested in getting Turkish citizenship in the least. I just can not understand how I can be required to stay in a country I don't want to live in; that I can not support myself or my children in and neither can the father. I mean he literally has no money at all often. He has to support his mother- because he bankrupted her, he has remarried with another child on the way in addition to a step daughter, and then there is myself and our two children. I can not get blood from a stone, our situation is not going to change. I have gone along for long enough and he keeps digging himself a bigger hole and dragging everyone into it.
  10. I need to find out how to have the terms of my divorce decree enforced. My ex husband and I were married in the US but divorced through the Turkish Family Court system in 2015. I am specifically interested in knowing if there are resources available for expats who do not have financial means to hire a lawyer. I have resided in Turkey on a RP from 2010 to August of this year. I was in the process of renewing my residence permit when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I had to leave immediately to care for her as she has no surviving family members living in her area. The problems that I am having with my ex husband are legion. He has made a right sh*t storm of his life and I am tired of living in the consequences of it. He is currently threatening me saying that if I don't come back soon he will not help me renew my resident permit when I do, telling me that I "will be on my own" whatever that means. He can't handle having our children full time is the crux of the issue. He is so used to having me there to take care of them while he's out living his life. Having problems renewing my resident permit is an ongoing problem. I am forced to commit a criminal offense every time I have had to renew it pretty much since we separated in 2012. I would also like to know the answer to a question that has been burning in my mind for the past few years. I have custody of both of our children, he has visitation. If I can not meet the financial requirement to obtain a resident permit on my own and my ex husband can not/doesn't want to. He says I am not his financial responsibility. Can I leave with our children? I am not interested in obtaining Turkish citizenship in the least. My ex husband has been a father of "convenience" for all intensive purposes. When it is convenient for him he spends time with the kids and when it's not he doesn't. Why do I have to commit a criminal offense in order to be with my children? Except for financially supporting them, I am the parent who has been with them constantly since birth. It just doesn't make sense to me.
  11. Meral

    Inheritance Law

    It absolutely staggerred me to read of a recent case in the papers.......https://www.msn.com/tr-tr/haber/gundem/15-yıl-sonra-gelen-borçla-şok-oldu/ar-BBLyySg?li=BByfdlx In a nutshell, a woman (with one son), divorced from her husband, after 15 years has received a legal notice to repay a debt (with interest) on a loan taken out by the ex-husband AFTER their divorce. As the story goes, the ex died without repaying the loan, whereupon, under Turkish inheritance law, the "debt" was inherited by their son (being the only "first-degree" relative). But the son died 4 months ago in a work accident, therefore his mother (as the son's only "first-degree" relative) has now seemingly inherited this debt ! And of course she can't pay as she gets only a meagre pension. It seems so unjust, & I'm sure I've read somewhere that heirs are free to refuse an inheritance for whatever reason (though most don't, of course). Can any lawyer clarify whether this debt can be enforced upon this woman? I'm wondering because my brother-in-law seems to be involved in similar circumstances.
  12. My friend has a long term Turkish boyfriend who recently received a letter concerning a debt from 7 years ago that he doesn't recognise. On contacting the firm to obtain information about it, they just said he needs to pay, no info from them. He asked why it took 7 years to send the letter, they said because he had kept moving but he's had the same address since 2010. Since calling them he has had no further letters or requests for payment. is this a scam? Even does historical debt expire in Turkey? In the U. K. It is after 6 years. Any advice greatly appreciated.
  13. About 6 weeks ago my good friend George - real name Mehmet - had a lot of cash on him and he was robbed but he took out a knife and stabbed the guy. There were many witnesses to this and it seems it was self-defence although of course carrying that knife was illegal. The stabbed guy went to hospital but was only there a few days and is now ok and back at his home. George, however, is in Alanya Prison and must stay there for 2 years. All prisoners in Turkey can only nominate up to 3 people to visit them in jail. It can be friends or family or a mixture of the two. All George's relatives are in Istanbul, so he nominated them sadly, so nobody in Side can visit him. Sukru Ozen has been to the prison twice to try and see George who is a tour operator and Sukru is his business partner, but to no avail. He was denied access. I understand, however, that there is just one day each year when anyone can visit Alanya Prison but I am having trouble finding out when that might be. Could anybody put me in the right direction please? I have written to George twice since he went to prison but as yet have heard nothing. I suppose he is not permitted to use the phone or emails but may be able to write a letter? I do hope I hear from him soon. I have known George for 12 years and he has never shown any signs of anger - not even raised his voice to anyone - so I am shocked at this revelation. He is 40 years old and single. He had a long term girlfriend but she sadly died in a car crash 12 years ago. He does not chat up the tourists or go to the Russian prostitutes here in Side but says he is just waiting for The One. I feel so very sorry for him. Any help anyone can give me would be gratefully received. Thank you. x Angela in Side x
  14. I am writing this article with the request of a friend who simply wants me to be more active in the Turkey Central. I do not follow the questions often regrettably so by writing such article hopefully I would contribute a little more, If and if you have more questions, you are always welcome to ask any of your questions over whatsapp +905079767304 This article aims to clarify the matters concerning separation and divorce in relation with Turkish family law. The article touched on the procedures of divorce and also grounds of divorce in Turkey to tell you what you will be faced of with this important decision. Types of Divorce 1. Contentious Divorce Suit One of the spouse may bring a case to the court in order to end the martial relationship. The divorce suits are examined by the Court of Family (Aile Mahkemesi) which has exclusive jurisdiction related to divorcement. The suits must be brought to the court where spouses resided last 6 months or the court situates where the domicile of the applicant is. There are 2 main type of grounds (General or Specific) to divorce which are explicitly mentioned in Turkish family law. A) General grounds: High-conflict divorce Specific grounds: Such as Adultery, Plots against life, grave assaults and insults, crime and dishonarable life, desertion, mental illness. As ordinary contentious suits, spouses should convince the court concerning their rightness and other’s mistake or faults. This Divorce Process considerably stressful and could take over two years in respect to the circumstances carried and requires to be investigated by the court. We apply this process either one party refuses to divorce or when parties can not be agreed at children custody, separation of goods, alimony, or compensanation. Also at this process we need to prove our claim and The party who claims to the divorce suit has to have "righteous reason" and has to prove it, as an instance, if there is a cheating issue, the part that cheats do not have right to ask for a divorce and his/her claim will be rejected. We can give many different examples but court will evaluate all circumstances meanwhile the process continues. Also It is why we generally proceed general grounds, not specific grounds such as cheating, or leaving the house To submit evidences for a high conflict We generally need reasons such as humiliation, assault, irresponsibility, fight, violence, irresponsibility against children, abuse, cheating, also if its necessary claiming other part is ineffective to maintain husband-wife private life. Still its really stresfull and more likely a very hurtfull emotional war, What happens if you are having another life and your wife/ your separeted husband does not want to divorce? In such cases we generally try to prove the other party is the party who is "guilty" Our courts are very strict about loyalty indeed, but if the other party left the house, and did not answered a return call, if this process took years and if you have a new life than court could accept the other party "guilty" So its better to take step to get divorced before establishing a new life always. Can you claim a suit by claiming you have been separeted? Unfortunately separation is not accepted as only reason, to claim a suit with the reason of a separation 1. You must have a previous, divorce case rejected in front of the court. And from this decision you have never come together as husband&wife for 3 years and you need to prove it. What happens to children Custody ? The court will decide it, Our laws does not allow common custody, so the custody will be given either mother or father, But %90 Turkish Courts gives custody to the mother. What happens to the separation of the goods? In our laws after 2002 "if spouses does not sign an specific agreement that declares goods will be separated before or meanwhile the marriage" All goods purchased meanwhile the marriage ( not before, Not any good inherited or being donated before or in the marriage, not the personal jewelers or goods accepted to be personal) accepted as common proprietorship. BUT, the separation of the goods issue only could accept as a claim when the DIVORCE DECREE CERTINIFIED. We most of the time ask both divorce and separation of goods, but for example at the beginning of the divorce case you were angry and just want it to let it go, you have right to claim it as a separate case after divorce decision certinified in a 1 year period. ALSO despite of the common knowledge, parties are not entitled the half of everything owed together. The court will calculate the pertange, regarding the amount you pay for them. Now you can ask a question, what if I do not work but my husband does? In Such circumstances, the court will calculate your pertange over the minimum wage. Compensation& Alimony The party who has been abused, being cheated, insulted, violated or any how damaged either emotionally or monetary, could ask a compensation with the case. Alimony, is given to children, and women generally, I do not have sample that a man receives alimony. The court will check parties financial situation at decision, sometimes couples hides ownings or jobs or its shown at minimum wage, so you need the prove your husbands income to get a good amount of alimony other wise its generally given 100-200 Usd per child These are main questions but if you have more you can ask directly. 2. Uncontested Divorce (Consensual Divorce) One of the spouse may apply to the court by submitting separation agreement and property settlement concluded among them. If none of objection will arise, spouses could be divorced in accordance with the provisions of the separation agreement and property settlement with consensus. To get divorce by Uncontested divorce process, You need to agreed 1. Children Custody 2. Separation of goods 3. Alimony 4. Compensation, If you come to agreement this issues, you can be divorced in 10 days and be free. 3. Judicial Separation The spouse who has right to bring a divorce case may demand judicial separation. The judge may also order judicial separation if there is a possibility that the spouses could live together in the future. Judicial seperation may be obtained on almost on the same grounds of divorce and the court relieves the petitioning spouse from the duty of cohabitation. 4. Recognigation of Foreing Divorce Decree if you already divorced in another country regarding to the receiprocity and mutual international agreements the decision could be recognised in Turkey. But if you have such intention, please be carefull that, the decison taken from abroad should be given by the court, and signed by a judge, and no common custody given. The Consequences of Divorce There are many legal consequences of divorce. Some of them are personal in nature: The wife will have her own independent domicile, while the both spouses keep the majority acquired by marriage. The wife resumes maiden name. She may however keep the family name of the husband if she convince the court that it will not damage to her husband. She can also preserve the nationality which has acquired during the marriage. Also the court can decide alimony to the spouse for indefinite time period. Unlike USA, there is no joint custody in Turkey, therefore custody must be granted to one of the spouse which is convenient for custody of the child.
  15. Hi Hi! I'm almost "desperate" to get some info about Turkish divorce cases. I'm from Holland and I'm in a relationship with a Turkish man for 2 years. I do live in Turkey, but not with him. My boyfriend was married for a couple of years and his marriage didn't work out and he filed for divorce. This divorce is going on for 2 years now and we have to keep our relationship a secret. I hate this so much, because I love him and I know it's also very hard for him. My boyfriend has a child with his wife and she very small (3 years old). He told me that the judge changed and this delayed his case. What i understand from him is that it can take 1 more year.. I'm devastated about this, that's why I want to learn more about the Turkish divorce system. Because in Holland it's so different.
  16. Help please. I need to know if this man is telling me the truth. I recently had a long holiday in Turkey. I did not go to find love. I found a very nice Turkisk man. We spent 4 weeks together while he worked as normal. I knew that he was divorced and paying alimony and also paying for his wifes attorney? This was taken from his wages each month. Half his wages. 1/4 for alimony and 1/4 for the lawyer his wife got. 2 years before. I didn't know until my 2nd return that he had also borrowed from a credit bank pronunced guarantee in English. He got 10,000 tl. 7 months ago. Never made 5 payments and they got a lawyer to get the money back. After interest was now 30,000 tl. To be taken from his wages for 10 years. Leaving him just 300tl?????? Can this be true. I want to believe him but he has no evidence on paper. I asked him does he have a book from the credit bank. He said he lost it. He has changed mood completely and doesn't feel like living. He is depressed. I NEED ADVICE
  17. Hi everyone/anyone. I am looking for a good English speaking lawyer/avucat in the Dalaman/Dalyan/Ortaca or Koycegiz area. I have a neighbour dispute going on over the land I bought near Ortaca last year. My appointed avucat did not mention any such dispute during the buying process at the time, so I am of course very disappointed about it and need someone professional and trustworthy. I hope that is not too much to ask, because I don't speak turkish apart from a few words and phrases, and I really need some help to sort this problem out.
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    I wonder if anyone could advise me on an ongoing case. I am English and so is my wife, I owned a property in the UK before we got married there sold and used to buy a villa in Turkey. The villa and also a car are both registered in my name only as I provided the money from the UK sale to purchase both. My wife has cleared our joint accounts and has left Turkey and filed for divorce. Where do I stand with regards to seperating assets if all the money was mine before marriage? She has filed for the house, car and 100,000tl compensation due to her upset. Your advise would be appreciated.
  19. "Judiciary of Turkey" official website, facebook and twitter published in 26th December 2016 http://www.judiciaryofturkey.gov.tr https://www.facebook.com/JudiciaryTurkey https://twitter.com/JudiciaryTurkey
  20. Hello We have received a puzzling letter (ilamsız takiplerde ödeme emri) and we don't know what to do. Some years ago a friend of my partner who owned a rent a car company used to lend him a car from time to time as a favour. My partner then fell out with his friend and we lost contact. Now 4 years later we receive a letter which seems to be claiming that we (both of us although I have never driven here) rented a car from this guy's company for 3 years and never paid for it. Do we ignore this as complete rubbish or should we answer and to whom? Do we need legal assistance? Is there a standardised form to reply that this is without substance and completely fabricated? The sum requested is over 57000 TL... I would appreciate your advice on this as we are a bit perplexed. Thank you in advance
  21. The British Consulate General in Istanbul maintains a list of English-speaking lawyers in Turkey, here: List of English-speaking lawyers in Turkey
  22. After reading a few expats upsetting personal stories I thought we can talk and share about this issue here. I also wonder your point of views in some matters. You may have realized in Turkish job adds there usually an item which is "candidate should be under the age of 30 (or 35)". I could never understand that. Beyond being unethical I think its silly. At the ages of 40' s and 50's a person is the top of his/her experience and knowledge. So whats with under 35? Whats it like in your country? One other thing is for young people. They always say "experienced" in the adds. How come a person can get experienced if she/he cant work anywhere bc of inexperience? I even don't bother to mention gender and disabled discrimination.
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