5 Oct, 2014 @ 09:00
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Time for a divorce in Spain?

IN the UK, according to the website www.gov.uk, if you want to end your marriage you need to provide good reasons.

Some of these good reasons include: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, having lived apart for more than two years where both spouses agree, or five where not.

In the US, several states still apply fault-based grounds of divorce and tangible proof of extramarital affairs can make all the difference in divorce proceedings, leading to a more favourable settlement.

In Spain, following the reform operated by Law 15/2005, divorce does not require a previous judicial separation nor the concurrence of causes legally determined.

This means that it is possible to sue directly to get a divorce without an invocation of a cause, a solution that has eradicated the conceptual distinction of fault and no-fault divorce.
Alas, it was never like this before.

The 1932 Divorce Act established, as grounds for divorce, both familiar reasons i.e. adultery, bigamy, abandonment of family and desertion, as well as others less known: inducing your wife and/or daughters to prostitution or having contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD) during marriage or before, if it was concealed from the spouse.

Franco’s powerfully religious-influenced regime abolished divorce altogether.

Since 2005, private investigators are not required any longer as cheating pertains to the world of gossip and has no influence within divorce proceedings. Articles 86 and 81 of the Spanish Civil Code establish the following:

Article 86: Divorce shall be decreed by the court, whatever the form of performance of the marriage, at the request of one of the spouses, of both or of one with the consent of the other, when the requirements and circumstances of article 81 are met.

Article 81: Whatever the form of performance of the marriage, judicial separation shall be decreed:

At the request of both spouses or of one with the consent of the other, after the lapse of three months from the performance of the marriage. The claimant must necessarily attach the proposal of settlement agreement, in accordance with article 90 of this code.

At the request of one of the spouses, after the lapse of three months from the performance of the marriage. The lapse of this period shall not be required to file the claim when there is evidence of the existence of risk to the life, physical integrity, freedom, moral integrity or sexual liberty and integrity of the spouse filing the claim or the children in common or any member of the marriage. The claim shall attach a reasoned proposal of the measures which are to regulate the effects of the separation.

Antonio Flores (Columnist)

Lawyer Antonio Flores is the legal columnist for the Olive Press. Antonio has been practising law since 1997, year in which he began working for a large law firm in Marbella as a Property Lawyer. In 1998 he left the company he had joined a few months earlier, and used his knowledge and the experience gained to build his own practice. He is known throughout the community as independent, reputable and trustworthy. Through a combination of strong work ethics, determination and international exposure, his competence of Spanish Law is unparalleled and demonstrated through his fluency in English and Spanish.

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