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What is an Ecclesiastical Divorce and do I need one?

Lucy Loizou, a Partner at the firm, regularly assists individuals and foreign professionals with divorce and financial cases that contain Greek and/or Cypriot elements.

It is not uncommon for a Greek/Cypriot couple to marry in a Greek Orthodox Church. A question that is frequently raised in the event of subsequent divorce in England is whether the Church needs to be notified that the couple are divorcing.

Cyprus set for reform of divorce and child law

Family law legislation in Cyprus is currently under review with the stated intention being to create a more efficient legal system in the future. The proposed amendments to current law include:

1. Uncontested divorce settlements are to be processed quicker.

2. Couples who married in the Greek Orthodox Church will no longer be made to inform the District Bishop of their intention to divorce.

Greece Joins EU Law of Applicable Law on Divorce

Today, 29 July 2015, Greece becomes the 16th EU country to incorporate European legislation known as the Rome III Regulation into its own domestic law.

The purpose is to decide and determine which law should be used in cross- border divorces.