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Divorce in Tunisia can be very quick and very easy for either party. Usually if one party does not wish for the divorce it can take a little longer, but for the Tunisian all they have to do is give an incorrect address for the other party. The court will not verify this address. Two letters will be sent by the court and if the other party does not reply or come to the court on the verified date then the divorce will be granted. The Tunisian can then have it entered onto their birth certificate and as far as Tunisia is concerned this is legal and binding. Many foreign women have fallen prey to this. There is a very famous case here when a Tunisian living in the UK divorced his English wife after many years. She had financed houses, businesses etc etc. She is still going through the court system, however the Tunisian has married and has all the assets. If you have children do not under any circumstances bring them to Tunisia as wherever they were born and no matter that they may be US citizens Tunisian court system recognises them as Tunisian and he can refuse for them to leave the country unless of course they are of adult age.
So, let him come here and make the divorce, you do not have to be here, you will not have to pay, it will be quick and you can be rid of him!
Alethia - exactly! The assets in the foreign country can usually be sorted quite well which is why I tell many foreign women to let their Tunisian husbands come back here for the divorce. It is quick and virtually painless unless they hold assets/joint assets. They can manipulate the system but then so can the foreigner if they wish for a quick divorce. They probably also believe wrongly that only in Tunisia can they have their new status put on their certificate de naissance. Wrong but of course someone told them that and they were told by that one who was told by that one etc and etc........it does my head in sometimes.
You are right in regard to the children which again is why I always advise that the children stay with the mother in her country rather than coming here to Tunisia. It can even be a visit before the divorce and before she knows it her children have Tunisian passports and then refused permission to leave Tunisia by the Father. Oh I have stories you can't or you probably would believe!!