Buccharest is now officially the “Quickie Divorce Capital” of Europe according to sources. The Romanian capital is particularly favored among Italian tourists who seek to eschew the onorous divorce bureaucracy in their own country and unload a broken marriage as quickly as possible. And it’s way cheap. For about $5000, including airfare, a divorce tourist of European citizenry can obtain a Romanian divorce in less than six months.
But beware. There may be legal pitfalls such as “residency” and “jurisdiction.” According to Romanian law, in order to obtain a divorce in Romania, it is necessary that at least one of the parties is Romanian domicile. So even though the European Union largely gives full faith and credit to divorces from other European countries without issue, still, going to Romania for a quickie divorce could be fraudulent under some circumstances. Because, especially in the case of say, an Italian, it calls for this person to falsify his or her residency. This is fraud and potentially could subject the individual to legal charges.
For the most part though, nobody will bring charges against a party who files a divorce in Romania, on the basis of fraud even if the residency is falsified. And other European countries are recognizing these divorces no questions asked. Which is good for folks in Italy and Malta and other countries where divorce laws tend to be a bit draconian and arcane. Picture courtesy of Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/6243432444/sizes/m/in/photostream/