Getting a divorce in Hungary involves a legal process that typically includes several steps. This is a general overview, but it’s important to consult with a Hungarian attorney or legal expert for specific guidance.
Here are the general steps for getting a divorce in Hungary:
Eligibility: In Hungary, you can file for divorce if your marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no possibility of reconciliation. There are various grounds for divorce, including separation for an extended period, incompatibility, or other reasons recognized by Hungarian law.
Petition for Divorce: The first step is to prepare a petition for divorce. You can do this with the help of your lawyer or do it yourself. The petition should outline the grounds for divorce and include other relevant information as number of children, child support sought, etc.
Filing the Petition: The petition should be filed with the competent court in Hungary. You will need to pay HUF 30K court fee for this. The court’s jurisdiction is usually determined by the last place of residence of the spouses.
The judicial phase: The court will set a date for hearing when the parties will be heard. Negotiations regarding reconciliation, child custody, child support and in rare cases alimony may take place during this phase. After that comes the evidence phase. Here both parties take turns presenting their evidence. This evidence can be in the form of documents, physical exhibits, or the testimony of witnesses.
Divorce Decree: If the court determines that there is no possibility of reconciliation and that the grounds for divorce are valid, it will issue a divorce decree. This decree officially ends the marriage.
While legal Representation is not mandatory, it’s highly recommended to hire a Hungarian attorney who has the necessary experience in family law to guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.