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Married in Taiwan, never registered, now want divorce...HELP

Procedures, processes, and the legal basis for divorce in Taiwan, including all related problems and pitfalls, child custody, alimony payments, abandonment, extra-marital affairs, and other complications...
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Married in Taiwan, never registered, now want divorce...HELP

Postby Needdivorcehelp » 16 Nov 2007, 15:20

I was married to my Canadian husband in Taiwan and at the time we were not made aware of the necessity to register the marriage. We separated and I returned to Canada after signing written consent to divorce with my husband which was witnessed by two people. When my husband took the papers in he was told that I would have to go with him to register the marriage before they would accept the divorce papers. Obviously this is not possible because I no longer reside in Taiwan and cannot afford to return simply to register a marriage which is supposed to no longer exist!

Help!! Is our marriage even valid if we did not register it in any country? I can't see how it is if we cannot divorce due to this. I do not know what to do; I have tried looking into divorce in Canada but none of the situations are similar to my own and I'm not sure how to proceed.

A quick response would be greatly appreciated!!
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Re: Married in Taiwan, never registered, now want divorce...HELP

Postby yaoshema » 25 Dec 2009, 00:40

You're... Canadian, too? How did you get married in Taiwan without registering? To my knowledge that is the thing that makes it official, registering a household together?
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Re: Married in Taiwan, never registered, now want divorce...HELP

Postby Belgian Pie » 25 Dec 2009, 07:29

I think, FWIW ... if your marriage was never registered anywhere, you were never registered at the household office, not at the Canadian office in Taipei, you're not married for the law in any country ... makes sense?

BTW, I was married and divorced in Belgium, we also married for the church ... now I'm still married in the books of the Vatican, but not for the law ... would be the same thing in Taiwan with the paper you signed, it has no value in any country ...
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Re: Married in Taiwan, never registered, now want divorce...HELP

Postby tommy525 » 25 Dec 2009, 08:33

FAr as I know, to be considered married in the eyes of the law in Taiwan (marrying in Taiwan) one has to either marry at a courthouse presided by a judge with all documents duly filled in and signed by the two who are getting married as well as by two witnesses (who should attend the ceremony).

Or the couple can fill in the required marriage document and have two witnesses sign the same document and this document can be presented by the couple at the local precinct for the household registry.

Failing the registration at the precinct and not having been married in court. The marriage is not yet valid far as I know.

Best check with a Taiwan lawyer though.

Furthermore it is very very hard to get a divorce in Taiwan if one party does not consent. It is a very hard and uphill battle.
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