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Sweden challenges EU plan to simplify divorce

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A new European Union proposal is aimed at changing divorce procedures so that a divorce can only take place in a country where the couple has “connecting factors”. Sweden claims that this proposal is going to be valid both inside and outside the EU and that, for instance, Iranian divorce laws can be applied by a Swedish court.


The Swedish counter proposal is that that a “connecting factor” should include a spouse’s home country or chosen home if it is clear that the couple has genuine ties there. This would ensure that Swedish people married to people of other nationalities would not be blocked from seeking a divorce back home. The divorce laws among the EU member countries are also very different.

Divorce and the EU

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