How To Divorce In Colombia
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.S to ensure that your specific concerns are addressed.
Divorce by Mutual Agreement:
Colombia has a process for simple, agreed-upon divorces, (divorcio amigable) 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.
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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 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
International Concerns During A Divorce:
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.
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