What do I need to know?

Wife and husband signing decree of divorce

If you are contemplating divorce, there are many laws and regulations you need to consider. A divorce entails a complicated legal process in Germany- which means there are crucial points to consider and various issues to work out before the official divorce. Here you will find everything you need to know about the divorce process in Germany.

What do I need to know?

When can I get a divorce?

How can I apply for a divorce?

What costs should I expect?

What issues do I need to settle for a divorce?

What is the divorce process like?

Can I lose my residence permit because of a divorce?

What other consequences might a divorce have?

What does an annulment of marriage ("Aufhebung der Ehe") mean?


Before you get a divorce, you can try to resolve your problems in marriage counselling sessions. Marriage counselling, however, usually costs about €70 to €100 per session and you have to cover the costs personally.