When getting divorced in Thailand, it is important to hire an experienced family law attorney who understands the legal requirements of Thai law and also the personal requirements of their clients. A properly drafted divorce decree is important to minimize future conflict by clearly delineating the rights and obligations of the parties. If you hire an experience Thai family law attorney, they will understand what is required in the divorce agreement.
Under most circumstances, both parents will agree to have joint legal custody over the child. This means that the parents will jointly make the decision over the child’s education, health care, and religion of the child.
Unless there is a provision that both parents have to agree on the decision, each parent can independently make a legal decision for the child. A proper divorce decree should clearly explain how decision affecting the child should be decided in case of conflict.
The second issue is physical custody. Physical custody means which parent will the child primarily reside with and who will have visitation rights.
There are circumstances where the child lives one week with one parent and one week with the other parent. However courts prefer that the child have a primary residence to reduce disruption to the child’s life.
In the divorce decree, the visitation schedule should be clearly delineated and provisions to prevent the parent with primary custody from interfering with the visitation. For parents who live far away and may not have a regular visitation schedule, a flexible minimum number of stays with prior notice can be written into the agreement.
See the Custodial Rights Under Thai Law.
See Child Support by court order and by mutual consent here.
Debt accumulated during the marriage that is necessary for the maintenance of the family is considered debt of the marriage and both parties are jointly liable for its payment. However, the court only has authority to control the distribution of marital property. The court can place the responsibility to paying the debt on one party but the debtor can still attempt to collect the debt from both parties. The parties of the divorce can sue each other to collect payment based on the divorce decree.
The marital property division provision in a Divorce Agreement should label which property is confirmed separate property and divide the ownership of the marital property and the marital debt. There should also be provision on the facilitating the property exchange including getting the required signatures and access to the property.
Getting divorced in a Thailand can be bewildering especially if a party is not fluent in Thai. It is important to be represented by an English speaking Thai attorney so that they understand their rights and duties under Thai family law. If you are contemplating marriage or a divorce in Thailand, call the licensed Thai attorneys at Siam Legal International for a consultation.