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)).
Divorce or dissolution of same sex civil partnership
Registration of divorce or dissolution of same sex civil partnership in the UK
In order to register a divorce or a dissolution of same sex civil partnership in the family records in Switzerland, please find further information in the leaflet divorce.
Divorce or dissolution of civil partnership 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.