Divorcing a foreign partner in the Netherlands
Do you want to divorce a foreign partner in the Netherlands? This is only possible if you or your partner live in the Netherlands. You need to file a petition for divorce with the Court. The involvement of a lawyer is mandatory.
Conditions for divorcing a foreign partner in the Netherlands
You can divorce your foreign partner in the Netherlands if:
- you and your partner both live in the Netherlands;
- you live in the Netherlands and your partner lives outside the Netherlands;
- your partner lives in the Netherlands and you live outside the Netherlands.
Do you and your foreign partner both live outside the Netherlands? If so, you cannot divorce your foreign partner in the Netherlands.
Do both you and your partner have Dutch nationality? If so, you can obtain a divorce in the Netherlands while you both live outside the Netherlands.
Joint or unilateral divorce application
You and your partner can file for divorce in the Netherlands jointly. You or your partner can also file for divorce unilaterally. This means that only one of the partners submits a request to the court. However, there are rules for a unilateral divorce petition:
- Does the applicant have Dutch nationality? Then the applicant must live in the Netherlands for at least 6 months at the time of the application.
- Does the applicant not have the Dutch nationality? Then the applicant must live in the Netherlands for at least 12 months at the time of the application.
These deadlines do not apply if you are filing a joint application for divorce or if your partner lives in the Netherlands.
Source: Dutch Government