Divorce

Divorce abroad

Foreign decisions on divorce or legal separation are normally recognised in Switzerland when handed down in the country of domicile or of habitual residence, or the state of nationality of one of the spouses, or if recognised in one of these countries (Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291)).

Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291) (de, fr, it)

To register a divorce pronounced abroad in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar), the originals of the following documents must be as a rule submitted to the Swiss representation with any necessary legalisation for forwarding to Switzerland:

  • divorce decree with the date on which it takes effect
  • decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • where applicable, changes of address of the divorced couple

These documents are intended to the competent civil status authority and will not be returned.

Reminders/information from the Swiss representation concerning divorce in the country within the consular district:

  • original of the divorce decree with the date when it takes effect
  • decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • for persons of Swiss nationality, where applicable: a declaration with regard to the family name, if they wish their name in use to conform to Swiss law (the spouse whose name changed following the marriage keeps the same name after the divorce, but is free at any time to resume her maiden name).

The spouse whose name changed following the marriage keeps the same name after the divorce.

  • Where applicable changes of address of the divorced couple

Divorce in India

Information/reminders from the Swiss representation concerning the birth of a child whose father is married to the mother at  the time of birth:

  • original birth certificate of the child in question
  • where applicable, a Swiss family book or certificate
  • for parents who are not registered with a Swiss representation, identity documents and place of residence.

Information/reminders from the Swiss representation concerning the birth of a child out of wedlock (i.e. whose father is not married to the mother at the time of birth):

  • if the father of the child is domiciled abroad, original certificate of acknowledgement of paternity
  • original birth certificate of the non-Swiss parent
  • original civil status document of the non-Swiss parent
  • if the non-Swiss parent is divorced, original of the final divorce decree showing date when it came into force
  • if the non-Swiss parent is widowed, original of the death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • valid identity document of the non-Swiss parent

Please contact the Embassy for surrogacy related issues:

Tel.: (+91 11) 4995 9500

Fax: (+91 11) 4995 9509

E-mail: ndh.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

Divorce in Switzerland

In the case of a divorce pronounced in Switzerland, persons registered with a Swiss representation abroad are under an obligation to report the change of civil status. This requires submitting the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form) so that the register of the Swiss abroad can be updated:

  • photocopy of the divorce decree with the date on which it takes effect
  • photocopy of the decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • Where applicable changes of address of the divorced couple

There is no fee for the registration in question.