ISTANBUL: Divorced women must wait 300 days before they can remarry

ANKARA: International Divorce News
I am planning a trip to Istanbul, a city I have been told is the perfect blend of Europe and the Middle East. I also hear there is a significant American expat community just in case I decide I want to stay a while.  So, I was just sleuthing around the Internet for travel ideas and found out some interesting facts about marriage and divorce in Turkey in the meantime. For example, according to the US Consulate in Turkey women are not similarly situated as men in Turkey when it comes to divorce. Did you know that women have to wait 300 days (nearly one year) before they can legally remarry? Why the sexist treatment? Really in this day and age this kind of stuff is still going on without a challenge??? Insane, I say. Well, if you are planning a wedding in Turkey, some useful information for US citizens:

Turkish Marriage Procedure For Americans

Updated on 2011

All marriages in Turkey must be performed under the authority of the Turkish Civil Code to be legally recognized. Religious ceremonies are not legally recognized.

Please be advised that no marriage ceremonies are performed at the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in Turkey. U.S. military personnel are reminded that they may have to obtain the approval of their commanding officers before marrying.

Turkish women who have been previously married may not remarry within 300 days of the final date of divorce or the death of her husband. This waiting period can only be waived with a Turkish court decree.

A medical examination is required in order to marry. The examination may be performed in designated medical clinics determined by the Turkish Bureau of Marriages. Each marriage bureau will use different clinics for these tests. You will need to contact the marriage bureau of your choice for the addresses of these clinics. A report of medical examination includes applicant’s blood type and results of blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and Syphilis and indicates that the applicant has no contagious diseases.