A new article has been recently added to the Civil Registry Services Act; which enables the spouses divorced outside Turkey, to register their divorce decision directly by applying to Birth Registry Offices without having it to be recognized and enforced by TR courts.
In accordance with the Article 27/A of Civil Registry Service Act which has recently been added by the Statutory Decree no.690 and published in the Official Gazette as of 17.04.2017;
The decisions that are given by the foreign judicial and administrative authorities regarding the divorce, annulment, cancellation or validity of marriage can be recorded on the state register provided that the following conditions are met:
– Parties or their attorneys should jointly apply for the registration
– Decisions should be given by the competent authority as per the foreign state’s law
– Decisions should be definitive
– Decisions should not be in contrary with TR public order
The court decision will only be required if such registry application is rejected by TR Birth Registry Offices.