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  1. Hello. I got married in Louisiana in 1973-74. I was then stationed in Turkey with the US Air Force, and my wife came with me. While in Turkey, I found her cheating and filed for divorce through a Turkish lawyer in 1974. Is that divorce recognized in the United States? How can I get a copy of my divorce decree from Turkey? Thank you, Randell Cryer
  2. Hi, I'm new to the site. I just joined today. I'm hoping someone can give me their thoughts on the subject and possibly share their own experiences on it. So i am married to a kurdish man and we are living in Turkey. (3 years living here and 7 years together) we also have a 4 year old daughter. The problem I am having is the constant arguing between us. It never stops. If I say something that he does not agree with, I get called stupid, a b*tch, bad heart and many worse things. I'm not allowed to talk to anyone outside otherwise I'm "not normal". Even if I'm in the park with my daughter and I speak to another Turkish mum there, he hates it. I have one friend here who is from Europe, sometimes we try to get our kids together to play and for fresh air. My husband hates this and says it's also not normal to have friends. He wants me to stay inside all the time and clean constantly. I'm not allowed to wear make up or wear my hair down. Even though I don't wear make up often, I'm not "allowed" to do this. I'm often told what to wear even though my clothes are respectful and don't show skin. It doesn't matter. I understand I'm living in Turkey so I should respect Turkish culture which I really do, but surely when marrying into a multi cultural couple there should be some give and take. I try my best to do what is asked of me but it never seems to be enough. I offered him to get divorced if he's unhappy like this but he attacks me verbally then telling me I'm sick in the head and that 8 need help. There is no affection there. We sleep in seperate rooms. We don't even sit close to each other on the sofa. We barely talk. If my parents video call me, he gets angry and doesn't like it. Normally they call to see their grand daughter which should be normal. The thing about it is, when we first met it wasn't like this. Then suddenly when we got married and had a child, it all started to become controlling. Like I said I respect our marriage and Turkish culture but sometimes I think this is a little unfair? I'm not allowed to speak to my neighbours even though they're friendly and ask me for coffee. (their house is literally next to mine so it's not unsafe or far away). I'm just lost and don't know what to do anymore. I feel like he expects the world from me but then no matter what I do it's not enough. Is this normal? Am I being too sensitive? Is it my fault that it's like this? I'm considering just going back home with my daughter then sorting out visiting arrangements so he can see her as often as possible. I'm just not sure how it can keep going like this for the rest of our lives.. Also please be kind with your replies. I can't take anymore abuse lol
  3. hi all, had anyone here got their citizenship through marriage in Istanbul? could you please give me a time line for what had happened e.g.: month-year: submitted paper month-year: finger prints followed by interview month-year: got a message asking to go get appointment with the Vali month-year: Vali interview month-year: got citizenship thank you in advance
  4. hi, i really need a help. Because I and my Girlfriend from Turkey are planning to live together in Turkey but we don't know what to do since I am from Philippines. can Somebody help me to know the things i/we need to do so I can get there and do our plans? Thank you. PS. I have my passport already.
  5. Hi I dont know if im in the right page Since im not a turkish national, but my fiance is. Hes been here in Philiplines for 3 years he love and like philippines i know that, now I supposed to go with him but i need visa but Immigration in philippines didnt give us a chance to arrange anything. they hold my fiance in airport even his exit clearance is feb 6 so he have enought time to fix everything. i didnt see him since they are not allowed to contact or talk or see anybody. Now what we Planned is im the one the one who will come but the im worried i stop already from my job. and what visa i need and information. someone have experience or any idea? thanks
  6. Hi all, to try to make a long story somewhat shorter, I am in my mid-forties, educated and well-travelled; my 2 daughters are grown and in university (in Canada) and I have just relocated from Canada to Istanbul for at least a year. I had a well paying career and husband in Canada but the usual story....work burn-out and marital problems...so a few years ago I quit the high-powered career, got divorced (I was the main bread-winner when I was married, which turned out to be the cause of a lot of resentment from my husband and contributed to our divorce). I now freelance remotely, doing content marketing for North American agencies, but with only a small fraction of the income I used to make. The culture in Canada (in my experience) is that women are expected to do it all - take care of children, home and work full-time. Men want us to be educated but not more than them, make good money, but not more than them, etc - it's a slippery slope and for me was a very overwhelming and stressful lifestyle. While I appreciate all of the freedoms I have as a woman because of the efforts of the feminist movement, I am also tired of such high expectations and having to 'do it all'. At this stage of my life I would love to be a stay-at-home wife, looking after husband and home, and be taken care of financially with the protection of a man. What I'd like advice on is dating Turkish men with the goal of finding a marriage partner - specifically, is it realistic for me to think that I might be able to find a man who is also middle aged, already had children/divorced, is educated and financially stable, who is looking for a wife to care for? Are Turkish men in this demographic interested in foreign women who want to be a traditional type of wife? Or is this type of relationship unlikely? If it is possible, where does one meet these type of men without having to resort to Tinder? Thank you for your help!
  7. Hello Everyone, my name is Ahmed, I am living in Manchester, UK on a Travel Document with leave to remain visa in London. well, my fiancee lives in Pakistan and we want to get married in Turkey this summer. So, basically I know some basic things like 1) Passport 2) photos 3) birth certificates 4) free to marry status and so basic. I would be really grateful if anyone could answer me these questions I am really confuse and can't find answers on Internet; 1 - Is it necessary that we have to translate documents into Turkish in turkey? or I can do translations in UK and my fiance from Pakistan (Turkish embassy) ? and then we can stamp from Ministry of foreign affairs in Turkey? 2 - Do I need an appointment for Ministry attestations? 3 - and then for a Marriage office, Again should I book an appointment before travelling to Turkey? Or Just in case, if there's delay in my documentation anywhere, can I get appointment earliest possible in Marriage Office? 4 - I read somewhere that If both bride and groom are foreigners, then no need of any medical tests. Is this true? 5 - And last question, I would like to ask that: for example If we make appointment before travelling to turkey in marriage office and translate our documents before travelling, then how many days we will normally stay there ? Or If not, then normally how long does it takes to get everything done including wedding day... I have read somewhere it should be no more than a week and you can do everything from translation to get married in a week. But still because I have never been to turkey, I am feeling like it will take more than that. can you please explain. thank you so much! Also, If anyone could share any address of offices or guide. I would really appreciate that. Thank you so much in advance. Regards, Ahmed
  8. Hi Anyone know imam in Istanbul would perform an Islamic marriage without any legal requirements please?
  9. Hi I was married to Turkish man in UK and divorced in UK. My ex husband has requested I go to Turkish Consolate in London to have the divorce recognised in Turkey. Does the marriage in Turkey effect me legally in any other country? Thanks in advance for any information.
  10. I'm curious about this. I've met quite a few people who have married into Turkish families, and most of them aren't working very well. A few couples I know are very happy, though. So I wonder, what makes a marriage to a Turk really work? I think the initial response would be about love, but that would apply to any marriage. What things are important in a marriage to a Turk which are specific to that kind of marriage?
  11. Hello there, i am a pakistani guy married to turkish girl on 22nd june 2018 in kayseri Turkey. Things didn't work out between us and we want a divorce with mutual consent. Someone told me that you can not apply for a divorce within a year of marriage, is it true? Thank you
  12. I met a girl in Izmir in 1964 who didn't speak English. I found her 4 years ago on Facebook and we have been corresponding through her son, In 2015 I went to Izmir to stay with them. I stayed 3 weeks. Her son was very very respectful and after some time until now we speak daily on Facebook or on the phone. He is 20 years younger than I am and has never been married. I have but have been divorced since 2007 (here in the states). He wants to marry me this May. We would be living with his Mom (who is my friend). They have a 3 bedroom apartment in a beautiful area 2 blocks from the sea, We would not have children. He is 50 and I am 70 (but look about 60 - according to my friends). I love Turkey and I love this family. I would have my social security and he has his job, His mother has a very small pension from the Turkish government. I would like to know what people think about this. I do not believe he or his family are using me, I do not send money or anything else. Please let me know what your ideas are before I make this big jump.
  13. Hi! I'm looking to get Islamically married in Istanbul during a visit over the Christmas period. I know officially a civil marriage has to be conducted first, but I know some people marry religiously first. It would be great to know any mosques that would conduct this kind of service for us. We are both Muslims and not resident in Turkey.
  14. Hi there, I am in an odd and uncomfortable situation and I need some advice. My wife of 17 years and I are having great difficulty, and she is considering abandoning me and our son (he's 34, from her first marriage, and lives with us, and we get along fine). We were legally married in Istanbul. We still all live in California for now. She is making threats against my assets, saying things like Divorcing, but also saying she would just leave and deny Divorce, but still would get half of all my assets. It's unclear what she actually wants as she doesn't really know herself and we both get very emotional when the topic comes up. I still love her dearly and am very distressed about her unhappiness, and am more than willing to try anything to make her happy, so of course I don't want a Divorce. Background - she is still grieving over the recent loss of both parents due to natural causes, and very distressed over the lack of emotional support from my own family. In fact, I am happy to give her *some* money, on the order of maybe $50000 USD, much less than she has in mind, if she actually manages to force a Divorce with me. But I have no idea how she could actually sit down with me and negotiate this number, as she is way too emotional and gets agitated whenever the topic comes up. Again, I really want to Reconcile. My question, in general, is, how much power does she have in this situation? What could she possibly have Turkish Lawyers do to me? Can she actually force a Divorce with me, from Istanbul? Does she have legal claim on my assets? A lot of my assets I accrued before we were Married. Thanks for any input /advice.
  15. ngwy

    Changing surname

    I have heard when you get Turkish citizenship some names with ‘w’s need to be changed. What could I change the name Wilkinson into? thanks
  16. Hello, I hope you are well. You might remember a few years ago, the UK broadcaster, Channel 5, released a hit series about marriage immigration fraud, called Holiday Love Rats Exposed. The series explored this little-known area and brought these scams, and the terrible impact on sometimes vulnerable men and women, to public attention. The contributors involved thanked us for giving their cases traction. You may have come across an organisation called Immigration Marriage Fraud UK (immigrationmarriagefrauduk.co.uk); we’re working with founder Dee and contributor Kim to make a further documentary. I'm keen to hear from someone who has been affected by marriage fraud to help me understand these horrible scams more. If anyone is available for a quick chat over the phone so I could explain a little better, and if you felt like it, you could explain your experience - you do not have to speak about anything you don't feel comfortable about. Ideally, this would be someone who went on holiday and met someone, perhaps married them, brought them home to the UK or America (or planned to do so), only to find that their partner was sadly only with them for a visa, money etc.. Does this ring any bells for you? You could be based in the UK or further afield. We do of course understand that discussing these matters is highly sensitive but I can assure you that any initial conversations will remain confidential and be for research purposes only. If you then feel comfortable taking it further, we can discuss it. Nine Lives Media, the independent television company making this documentary, has won two Baftas, an International Emmy plus RTS awards and prides itself on working with contributors on sensitive issues. If you think you fit the bill, please feel free to message me, call me on 0044 (0)161 832 2007 or email me on [email protected] Our turnaround time is quite tight, and we’ll need to identify potential contributors swiftly, so it would be great to hear about your story soon! Many thanks!
  17. Jeanina

    Name Change

    I got married in Turkey 4 years ago and - since I was in a hurry and didn't do my homework properly - was sort of put on the spot regarding the surname issue and had to accept them adding my husband's name to my name on paperwork. Didn't want to make a big fuss about it then, thinking that after obtaining my Turkish citizenship, I would be able to go to court and get (just!) my name back. Well... I've just obtained the citizenship but on my nüfüs cuzdanı, they would only list my husband's last name (without mine). Spoke to a lawyer yesterday and she said there's no way in Turkey for me to just have my own surname without my husband's. Needless to say how silly that is.... considering that most countries don't enforce such nonsense on women. Anyway.... my question is: if I get divorced here, and later on remarry the same person in a country whose laws allow me to keep my maiden name, would the Turkish authorities impose my husband's surname on me again, when registering that marriage in Turkey? Or would the laws of the other country prevail (ones which allow me to keep my own name)? Thanks a million!!
  18. I'm looking to marry my partner in Istanbul this year. I am British and she is Turkish, seems I need to take a certificate of no impediment and wondering if anyone has done this from the consulate in Istanbul or if it is better to do it here.
  19. Hi Ok so im getting married and im so stressed. Trying to get a certificate of non impediment from uk. Heres my problem. My partner is kurdish and from Eskisehir. So he is turkish right ?????? I have to put his nationality on the certificate Turkish ! Being told i have to put kurdish????? Can anyone who has recently married a kurdish man please confirm what you put as his nationality. Im losing the will to live with the registry office girl.
  20. Hi everyone! I am a British Citizen and I am engaged to a Turkish Citizen. We are hoping to marry next year. We have decided to marry in Turkey due to the complications of trying to marry in England (he cannot work during the time if he comes over on a fiancé visa), therefore, if we marry in Turkey, it will be an easier transition for him to move to the UK so he can start working. I would just like a bit of advice as to how the marriage procedure works such as where to start with contacting certain offices etc i have read about the requirement for me to obtain documents like evidence that I have not been married before but what do I do when I receive these documents? How do I go about getting the medical check required without being in Turkey? Once we have had our checks and got our documents, what do we do? If someone can provide some pointers in a timeline like order so we know where to start and what steps we need to do along the way that would be amazing. Thank you
  21. Hi We are an Iranian (living in the UK) and Iranian/Finnish (living in Finland) couple getting married in Istanbul next month. I know what documents we need to bring but I have some questions to which nobody has given me a straight answer and I am desperately looking for clarification as the wedding day is approaching fast! 1. The Embassy of Finland in Turkey does not issue non-impediment to marriage and I need to bring it from Finland. I know I need to get an apostille for that as well so that the document is valid in Turkey. Now, the question is: I thought first I get the non-impdiment document and apostille in Finland and then translate and notarize them in Turkey. Would this be enough? One so-called expert tells me that I need to get the non-impediment document translated to Turkish in Finland and then get it apostilled. but I doubt that the Finnish authorities would apostille something in Turkish. Plus I doubt that Turkish authorities would accept a translation done in Finland as they have no way of checking its authenticity. Does anyone know what is the correct method? 2. For the marriage to be valid in Finland afterwards, I need to make the red marriage booklet they give us apostilled in Turkey after the wedding. Can someone please explain how long this process take? We are just trying to make sure we leave enough time before returning home. 3. We also like to get Form B for international marriage. Again can someone please explain where we can apply for that and more importantly how long it takes? Many thanks! Ayda
  22. Hello everyone before 4 months i was in Istanbul ( I am not Turkish) , i met a Turkish man twice , he asked my Instagram and i added him, after a week he start sending me messages, first of all he told me he was divorced after a marriage that last for 2 years and knew his ex-spouse for 4 years, (with no kids) he said he doesn't like her anymore,he is 35 and i am 21, he tried after while to talk dirt and try to get my number , and keep sending his number and photos and i stopped him and told him i will no longer talk to him if he didn't stop,and he stopped it and never repeat it after that,he asked me after 2 month for marriage i said yes , he said he wants to have a family and be a father , he showed me to his mother and she liked me , he said he doesn't have money to marry so i have to wait this summer or next year i offered money help he became angry for a weak from me , besides he doesn't talk too much to me frequently he sent me message before he sleep (he works till 22:30) ,talking how much he loves me and our future life and wishing if i am with him ,and i am a bit scary that he is only have fun with me and maybe because he is old he will look for a local Turkish girl and make it easy, we only have the agreement of marriage and that i will move to Istanbul to live there we did not discuss anything else, AND i can`t keep talking to him he can`t run a conversation and i feel so bad to do that instead of him and he doesn't talk too much because he doesn't know English and i do not know Turkish (Using google Translate) , recently i am learning ,,, so what do you think people ?,,,,P.S i love him and my family agreed
  23. My Father is Turkish and my Mother is Canadian and they divorced. Now, my father has re-married. My father says things I can not repeat about my mother. And he said his wife is now my mother. My cousin, who is educated (actually an Engineer) and Turkish also says my mother from now on is my Father's wife, rather than my mother. Is this normal/typical Turkish culture/behaviour?
  24. Hi there I hope someone can help me. I am a British Citizen and I married a Turkish man in Fethiye in 2000. We had two children together (girls, now 16 and 14 - they were both born in the UK). We bought an apartment together in Fethiye in 2001 and lived in Turkey. Both names are on the tapu. After 14 years of marriage, in early 2014, I found out many awful things about my husband - he was having a 3 year affair with a local girl who worked at the cinema, he was also using prostitutes and filming himself (I found the camera), he was watching teenage pornography and in thousands of debt without my knowledge, had a gun in the house, plus many other things. After he knew I found out about all this, he just blamed me for his behaviour. I knew for my sanity and my children's safety that I had to leave. On the evening of 13th June 2014, my children and I got to Dalaman airport without my husband knowing and we boarded a plane to the UK. I left my house, my job, my friends, we left everything behind. I wrote a letter to my English neighbours explaining why I was leaving. I brought everything with me - I have the marriage certificate, the tapu, the camera and all the evidence of his unreasonable behaviour etc. It is now 2017 and my girls and I have never gone back to Turkey. We are now settled in the UK. The girls rarely speak to their father. However... I have heard a rumour that he has recently divorced me over in Turkey - probably on the grounds of desertion. After all, it has been over two years since I left and I have not had the money to have ever asked a solicitor in the UK for help with it. My ex husband will not answer my FB messages whether he has divorced me or not, but he has been asking my daughter for our address. My question is: How has he managed to get a judge to grant the divorce when there is property or children involved? What happens now in regards to the apartment if he has divorced me? Can I instruct a solicitor here or in Turkey to sell the apartment because half of it is mine still? He has never paid any child maintenance while I have been in the UK. I want the value of my half of the apartment back because as far as I know he is living it in without any worries now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you x
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