A divorce, or dissolution, is the legal end to a marriage or civil union between two people. There are many issues which need to be resolved in a divorce. This page raises several common topics, but since each situation is different, you should contact COLOMBIA LEGAL & ACCOUNTING S.A. to ensure that your specific concerns are addressed.
Colombia has a process for simple, agreed-upon divorces which can be resolved by the parties to the marriage and at least one attorney. Both parties must be in agreement about all issues, and there cannot be any children involved. These divorces can occur quickly and without judicial intervention. However, if there are children involved, or if there is any disagreement about assets or debts, a judge must be involved.
Common Divorce Issues
When people get married, or form a civil union, or live together for more than two years, certain legal rights arise regarding real estate, assets, debts, and inheritance, along with all of the issues relating to mutual children. Here is a checklist of topics you may need to resolve in a divorce situation:
■ Ownership of real estate
■ Division of marital debts
■ Division of a family business - including the business assets and debts
■ Allocation of any vehicles
■ Division of household and personal belongings
■ Separation of bank accounts or cash assets
■ Payment of Spousal Support
■ Payment of a Marital Settlement amount
If children were born during the relationship, these additional issues must be addressed:
■ Custody of the children
■ Establishing a visitation schedule
■ Child support
■ Insurance coverage and/or medical expenses
■ Educational expenses
■ Costs for activities
■ Estate and Inheritance planning
If the divorcing parties are from different countries, or if one wants to leave the country, and children are involved, custody can become complicated. At cOLOMBIA LEGAL & ACCOUNTING S.A. we will explain your rights and obligations to help you make the best decisions for your children.
Also, dividing property which is located in a foreign country can also cause difficulties in a divorce situation. We will work with you to clarify all of the options for your specific circumstances.
DIVORCE IS NOT EASY ON MANY LEVELS
We know that divorce can be a very difficult time in your life. COLOMBIA LEGAL & ACCOUNTING S.A. is here to provide experienced legal advice to walk you through the many legal steps needed to ensure that your dissolution is resolved as smoothly as possible. Contact us today to discuss your particular divorce needs and issues.
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