If you’re a foreigner, married to a Bulgarian, you should know you may divorce in the Bulgarian court.
What are the benefits of a divorce by mutual consent?
Above all else, divorce by mutual consent is a lot cheaper and faster, rather than filing a lawsuit. Such divorce is possible, if one of the parties is Bulgarian citizen.
Both parties must sign an agreement, which may be drafted in couple of languages – it’s imperative, that one of them is Bulgarian. In case of a lawsuit, relevant for the court will only be the one drafted in Bulgarian.
An agreement must be reached about all of the following:
- The divorce will follow trough by mutual consent.
- If there are children, born during the marriage – who will exercise effectively the parental rights, with whom will the children live respectively; what amount of child support is to be payed – child support may not be less than 95 levs per month for every child.
- When will the parent, who’s not effectively exercising the parental rights, be allowed visiting, personal contact, and personal time with the children.
- Who will be using the family home, if there is one, and it is located in Bulgaria.
It should be noted, that according to the Bulgarian legislation, unlike other countries, the divorcing parties are entitled to alimony only in specific cases, where one of the parties is unable to work or maintain itself trough estate property, due to medical condition.
During the civil procedure of divorce by mutual consent, both parties must appear in person before the court at least once and confirm their will for divorcing. If one of parties does not speak Bulgarian, he/she shall be assigned an interpreter.
The most relevant benefit of the above described procedure, is that there is no time frame required for the parties to have lived separated, nor there is time frame given for them to reach reconciliation.
The procedure is relatively short, it usually takes 2 to 3 months to complete, and the judgment is final. And a lot more cheaper.