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I would like to get a divorce from my Turkish Husband (I am a New Zealand Citizen). We have been married for 5 years and we have not been able to make it work. He didn't like living in New Zealand and I couldn't get work in Turkey. We have basically spent the last 2 years living on different sides of the world. We don't have any hate towards each other, just sadness that we couldn't make it work. We've decided that we need to leave each other in order to be happy again as we are both miserable.

We are still friends and have agreed to an uncontested divorce. We have no children or property, nor any legal obligations (i.e. money etc.). We simply just want to go our ways and move on.

I am in New Zealand and my husband is in Turkey. He will file the divorce in Turkey as we were married there and much more simple than in NZ. However, we both do not understand the process - could someone please explain?

What does he need to do? Does he need a lawyer? Is there someone / agency (free) he can talk to in Turkey to provide advice on what to do to get a divorce?

I understand I can get a lawyer and give Power of Attorney to represent me? New Zealand is much to far to need to be in Turkey to attend myself. Unless I only need to go once and then maybe I could - however the cost would be astronomical! In addition, most lawyers I have looked at on the internet are in Ankara or Istanbul, however this divorce will be in Elazig.

Kind regards,


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Hi Kim, 

I am sorry that things didn't work between you and your husband. 

Your statement is correct, that is quite a smooth procedure in Turkey if it is not a contested (disputed) divorce case. However,  unfortunately, your attendance to the hearing is required for the judge to make a divorce ruling. You do not have to travel back and forth couple of times, your 1 time presence only would be enough to finalize the case. 

Your lawyer would be able to share court date with you months ahead and it gives you enough space to set up your flight schedule.

For any questions/queries, please feel free. Thanks. 

P.S. Just for a clarification, your presence is required even if you hired a lawyer here in Turkey, as the judge raises a few simple questions directly to the couple but not to the legal representatives. 







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