How to complete a divorce in Ukraine?
When the spouses do not have common children under the age of 18, and they both agree to a divorce, they submit a joint application for dissolution of marriage to the Civil Status Registration Office at the place of residence of any of the spouses (they choose for themselves).
The spouses must come to the Civil Status Registration Office in person (you cannot give anyone a power to submit an application) and together, everyone must have a passport and a receipt for payment of the state fee.
When one of the spouses cannot or does not want to come to the Civil Status Registration Office, at the notary’s office, he/she writes an application for dissolution of marriage (surely on the approved form) and sends it to the Civil Status Registration Office (for example, through another spouse) along with a receipt for payment of the fee.
In this case, the other spouse must come to the Civil Status Registration Office him/herself and submit his application. Before filing an application, each spouse must decide what surname he will take after the divorce.
A month after submitting the application, both spouses (or at least one) must again come to the Civil Status Registration Office to register a divorce (the exact date of registration is reported by the Registration Office employee when accepting the application) and receive a divorce certificate (each of the spouses is given their own copy). If none of the spouses comes to the Registration Office, the registration of the divorce remains undone; if one of the spouses comes and receives a certificate of divorce, the other spouse can do it later, at any time, but the marriage will be considered dissolved from the date of issue of the certificate to the first spouse.
Property disputes when completing a divorceе
Besides, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that if there is a property dispute, it does not prevent addressing the Civil Status Registration Office for divorce. When the spouses mutually agree to be divorced, but have not reached agreement on the division of property, this issue can be resolved after the divorce completion at the Registration Office by means of negotiations (for example, you can conclude an agreement, having specified the procedure for the division of property there) or via the courts.
However, we strongly recommend that you think over the strategy of the divorce process very carefully, especially in the part that concerns property issues. Anyway, it is better to settle them before completing a divorce (for example, by concluding an agreement on the division of the spouses' property). Since, having completed a divorce, you may lose an opportunity to settle the division of property peacefully (due to emotional disagreements, lack of information about the location of your ex-spouse, lack of the possibility of a personal meeting, etc.)
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