Divorce Law in Turkey

  • Basak
    Basak
    BASAK studied law at the Eastern Mediterranean University and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Energy Law at Yasar University. Basak is specialized in all matters concerning Energy Law, Business and Commercial Law, Real Estate, İnheritance and Family Law. She was admitted to Antalya Bar Association in 2009 . She speaks Turkish and English while Russian is also spoken in her office.
  • Dilruba
    Dilruba
    Dilruba graduated from the Gazi University, Faculty of Law and for several years has been working at one of the top law firms of Ankara specialising on cases regarding insurance law, corporate law, labour law, enforcement law and international private law that embodies different departments for each field of law. She is fluent in English and German as well as her native Turkish
  • Yusuf
    Yusuf
    Yusuf graduated from Izmir University and started working immediately with a prestigious law firm in the city. He now manages his own law office, focusing on commercial litigation, contractual disputes, debt collection, employment law as well as occasionally assisting clients in the areas of property law. Yusuf is a member of Izmir Bar Association and speaks English fluently.
  • Ezgi
    Ezgi
    Ezgi graduated from Marmara University/İstanbul in 2005 and joined one of the largest law firms in İstanbul for 2.5 years to practice regulatory law. Then she continued her career as an in house lawyer in an international company running cruise ports all over the world. She stayed with the company for 8 years where she grew her experience in corporate law, contract law, privatisations, mergers and acquisitions and employment law to a high level. Ezgi is fluent in English.
  • Nihan
    Nihan
    Nihan was admitted to the Turkish Bar in 2009. She primarily concentrates on Contracts Law, Real Estate and Construction Law. She also regularly advises on Litigation (debt recovery, breach of contract, liability and corporate conflicts etc.), Family Law and Labour Law. She has considerable experience in the field of cross-border and transnational legal matters. She is fluent in English and French and in addition she is a registered sworn translator and interpreter.
  • Burcu
    Burcu
    Burcu is dual qualified in Turkey and France with a Masters Degree in European & Corporate Law. She provides English-speakers with legal assistance in the areas of Contract Law, International Business Law, Corporate Law and Real Estate law. Burcu is also a registered, sworn translator and interpreter in English, French, Italian, German.

Introduction

For those who are married to a national of their own country, a divorce in that country brings the marriage to an end.

However, if you have a Turkish spouse, a divorce in a foreign country will not have any legal effect in Turkey unless the divorce decree is recognised by the Turkish Courts. In such cases, rather than having to go through divorce proceedings in Turkey, Turkish law allows foreign divorce decrees to be recognised in Turkish courts provided that certain conditions are met.

The issue of recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitration awards in Turkey is one of the most vital final key points in international transactions in case the object of the transaction (i.e. marriage, debtor assets, goods)

 

Required Documentation

For the application of a recognition and enforcement procedure in Turkey, the following documents are required:

  1. Foreign decree that shall be subject to the recognition and enforcement procedure with certificate of no appeal by the court and the date of finalization on the original copy of decree
  2. Apostille on the foreign decree
  3. Notarized translation of the decree and the certificate of no appeal into Turkish
  4. Notarized power of attorney in case of representation by an attorney at law.

The certificate of no appeal means that the decree is absolute and comes into effect. The apostille is a certification under the Hague Convention for authenticating documents for use in other States that are also signatories to the Convention. Most states have signed this Convention, including the UK and the US.

The apostilled decree has to be translated into Turkish and then notarized. Translation and notarization can be carried-out at the relevant Turkish Consulate abroad.

In case of representation by a lawyer, the power of attorney has to be in Turkish and notarized. Turkish nationals can arrange the power of attorney at the nearest Turkish Consulate abroad. Foreign nationals have to arrange the power of attorney either at the Turkish Consulate or at the notary in their home country. However, if the power of attorney is not issued at the Turkish Consulate, an apostille from the competent authority in the notary’s district is required for its use in Turkey.

It is important that the power of attorney relates to recognition and enforcement procedures (In Turkish: Tanıma ve Tenfiz Davası). At least two passport pictures are also required for the power of attorney. Advocate Abroad can help you to arrange this power of attorney and to represent you in Turkey to have the divorce decree from your country recognised by the Turkish Courts.

 

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