Question: What are the divorce laws in Costa Rica?

Many are surprised to learn that in Costa Rica you cannot petition for divorce by mutual consent unless you have been married for at least 3 years. If a couple has been married for at least 3 years then they may petition for divorce under the mutual consent provisions of the law.

Can I divorce my wife from overseas?

The short answer is yes, but only to a certain extent and not in all circumstances. Most states recognize divorce decrees from foreign countries as long as the foreign country ensures certain procedural requirements have been met (such as proper notice to the parties).

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