When a marriage is over, whether you live in your home country or in Japan, divorce is the only option. But how do you go about getting one? What steps are there? Where do you even start? Hopefully, the Savvy Tokyo Guide to Divorce in Japan will make the process somewhat easier for you.
So you’re ready to get divorced
Divorce is a fact of life, like it or not. Just as there is myriad reasons to get married to someone, there are just as many reasons to end the relationship. Whatever your or your partner’s reason may be, you’ll want to go through the process as thoroughly as possible to minimize any complications further down the line.
Who is getting divorced?
If you are both foreign nationals you will need to consult with your individual embassy/embassies as well as your local ward office in order to learn the full procedure for a divorce. It varies greatly by country and can require some degree of legal assistance.
The following information is based on a marriage between a Japanese person and a foreign national.
What are your options? How do they work?
There are four types of divorce in Japan.
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