Divorcing in France

Hello everyone,

Reaching the decision to seek divorce can be hard. Filing the papers as an expat in France can be as taxing since a good grasp of legislations is needed and the process can prove to be tedious.

Where and how do you apply for a divorce in France? How long does it take for the process to be completed?

If the couple has children, which measures can be taken in order to protect their interests?

Which procedures should be completed so that the divorce is legally recognized in the country of origin?

How is divorce viewed in France?

Being away from one's home country and loved ones, what advice do have for staying strong emotionally and mentally in this situation?

Thanks for sharing your experience.


I am not divorced and I works as gestalttherapist with people to repair their relationships and thats a nice way of working when people can come back by their feelings from the beginning and learns again to go in dialogue and to see the beauty what is always there in everyone from us


Divorce is more difficult for an expat. Yet it can be a blessing.

I know. I went through it.

It certainly was no blessing at first. It was hell. It was driving me to have suicidal thoughts, and all.

The blessing comes later. When the lessons come. When I finally open up in myself and find the hidden feelings from my early childhood and later on. Yes, the body keeps the score. to quote the title of a famous book on psychological trauma.

For years, I'd been a teacher, consultant and coach. And now, I specialise in the subject. For instance coaching on how to deal with the fear of loneliness. Just one of the many emotional reactions to separation and divorce.

Wishing all of you who are dealing with such a painful life event the best possible outcome.

Ton Bil, now living happily in the South of France.

Hello Diksha,

Since it seems that no one wants to answer your questions, I will sacrifice myself ... :lol:

- Procedure
https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_div … p;member=1

- Maintenance claims
https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_mai … o?clang=en

- French official website
https://www.service-public.fr/particuli … roits/N159
https://www.service-public.fr/particuli … its/N18775
https://www.service-public.fr/particuli … roits/N135
https://www.service-public.fr/particuli … its/F18074

Several of my French friends have been divorced - there is no stigma attached; it is just life going on, albeit painfully for a while.

I am now in difficulty for process my divorce, as before I back to my country, and my husband refused me to back to our appartement, have no idea where to search a help, just depend on my friends who help me to do what I must to do with a limit documents. Even for search a lawyer very difficult because I must live at the city that far from my address. No matter it is, I just want to fight with it for keep my honor

We are a married couple (me as a French native and my wife is from Thailand) and I was wondering if you or if you know someone else who can provide therapist sessions in English for couple who meet some issues.

Thank you very much.



My wife is Thai and I am French.
We have been married for 3 years and we live in France for 2 years and half.
We would be keen on having a therapist for issues couple but with english speakers.
Could you help us please ?


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