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divorce from a tunisian husband living in the uk as a uk citizen

 i need to understand the tunisian law, as i want a divorce from my husband. He has instructed a lawyer in Sousse and he has requested me to attend a meeting on August 26 2014. Due to financial problems this is not possible. Could you please advise me what to do? We were married for 3 yrs.


  • If you are a UK citizen living in the UK you are not subject to Tunisian law, therefore you do not need to attend. If you do not attend the lawyer will assume you agree to the divorce and in about three months you should get the divorce decree,
    Frankly if you want the divorce let him go ahead and pay for it in Tunisia. My only concern is if you have children.
  • Hi summer, I presume that you were married in tunisia? What does your contract of marriage say? With this you should be careful
  • Hi,
    I also have the same problem I have been summoned to the Tunisian court twice. I did write and ask them to translate the paperwork although I had no answer. I received a second summon and I asked my husband to have this translated. Apparently I'm being divorced as I'm a bad wife! At the end of the paper it is saying about preserving any other rights to the petitioner. I have nothing, but if after I'm divorced and I was to receive anything is he still entitled?

  • Jules, even if you are divorced in Tunisia , you are a British citizen habitually resident in the UK and therefore you would need a British divorce so does your husband if he is now British and resides in the UK. It is my experience that Tunisian men often apply for a Tunisian divorce particularly if they wish to marry again in Tunisia.
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