Divorce proceedings do not necessarily have to be initiated in the state where the marriage was contracted. If one of the spouses is a German citizen, divorce proceedings can be initiated in Germany, but spouses can also divorce abroad. Applicants should check with the respective court and a family lawyer where to apply best for the divorce.
If the divorce is decreed by a foreign court, the divorce is not automatically valid in Germany. German citizens must have their divorce acknowledged by a German court. For further information, please consult the leaflet provided below.