Online Divorce in Greece Law 4800/2021: Your Guide to a Faster and Simpler Divorce

Divorce is never an easy decision, but it doesn’t have to be a long and complicated process either. Thanks to the recent changes in Greek legislation, it’s now possible to get an online divorce in Greece, which can save you time, money, and stress. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about online divorce in Greece, including the new law, the process, and the benefits.

In May 2021, divorce law in Greece has been changed with the passing of Law 4800/2021 “Reforms concerning parent-child relations, other family law issues and other urgent provisions”.

According to the new legislation, married couples in Greece may, by written agreement or joint digital declaration, resolve their marriage online with a single click of a button.

Law 4800/2021

Reforms concerning parent-child relations, other family law issues and other urgent provisions

Law 4800/2021 – Government Gazette Issue A’ 81/21.05.2021

(Relevant provisions translated*)

Reforms concerning parent-child relations, other family law issues and other urgent provisions

Article 4
Uncontested divorce – Replacement of Article 1441 A.C.

Article 1441 of the Civil Code (Presidential decree 456/1984, A’ 164) is replaced by the following:

‘Article 1441
Uncontested divorce’

1. Spouses may, by written agreement or joint digital declaration, resolve their marriage. The written agreement shall be drawn up between the spouses or the joint digital declaration shall be submitted by them in the presence or by digital partnership of a proxy lawyer respectively for each of them. Where the agreement is in writing, it shall be signed by them and their proxy lawyers or only by the latter, provided that they are provided with a special power of attorney. The power of attorney must have been given within the last month before the agreement is signed.

2. If there are minor children, in order to resolve the marriage, they must, by the written agreement or the joint digital declaration of para. 1 or by another agreement between the spouses, drawn up as defined in para. 1, regulate the distribution of parental responsibility and in particular the custody of the children, their place of residence, the parent with whom they reside, their communication with the other parent and their maintenance. The above written agreement or joint digital declaration shall be valid for at least two (2) years and shall be automatically extended, unless one of the parents declares in writing to the other parent, before the expiry of the agreed period, that he does not wish to extend it.

3. a. The written agreement on the dissolution of the marriage, as well as any separate agreement on the division of parental responsibility, custody, place of residence, communication and maintenance of minor children, shall be submitted by the representative lawyers of each spouse together with the special proxies to a notary.

b. The drawing up of the notarial act of para. 4 shall be at least ten (10) days from the written agreement of the spouses or the joint digital declaration. The date of the written agreement of the spouses shall be established by a certificate of the genuine sign of the spouses. Confirmation of the genuine sign of the spouses is not required in the case of the submission of a joint digital declaration.
4. The notary shall draw up an act attesting to the dissolution of the marriage, ratifying the agreements of the spouses and incorporating them into it. The power of attorney shall be given in the last month prior to the signature of the act.
5. The dissolution of the marriage occurs by depositing a copy of the notarial act in the registry where the marriage recommendation has been filed, or by updating the registry using Information and Communication Technologies.’

*The text of the legal provisions has been automatically translated therefore we cannot guarantee its accuracy

What is Law 4800/2021?

Law 4800/2021 is the new law that regulates online divorce in Greece. It allows spouses to obtain a divorce online, without the need to appear before a court. The purpose of this law is to simplify and expedite the divorce process, making it more accessible and affordable for everyone.

The whole procedure has been simplified and everything can be completed online.  Couples may, by written agreement or joint digital declaration, resolve their marriage. The written agreement shall be drawn up between the spouses or the joint digital declaration shall be submitted by them either in the presence of their respective lawyers or online by their lawyers.

How does online divorce work in Greece?

The online divorce process in Greece is quite simple and straightforward. First, both spouses must agree to the divorce. The parties, with the help of their lawyers, will draft and sign an agreement containing all the terms (Exercise Of Parental Care, Child Custody, Communication And Allamony of the Minor Child). Then, they must submit the petition and all the required documents via the  online platform where a notary will review the agreement and, if everything is in order, will issue a divorce in the form of a notarial act.

What are the benefits of online divorce in Greece?

Online divorce in Greece has many benefits, including:

  1. Speed: Online divorce is faster than traditional divorce, as there are no court hearings or waiting periods.
  2. Cost-effectiveness: Online divorce is usually cheaper than traditional divorce, as there are no legal fees or court costs.
  3. Convenience: Online divorce can be done from the comfort of your own home, without the need to take time off work or travel to a court.
  4. Confidentiality: Online divorce is more discreet than traditional divorce, as there are no public court hearings.
  5. Less stress: Online divorce is less stressful than traditional divorce, as there are no confrontations in court or lengthy legal procedures.
Is online divorce in Greece for everyone?

Online divorce in Greece is suitable for couples who agree to the divorce and have no disputes (uncontested) over issues such as child custody, alimony, or property division. If there are any disputes, or if one of the spouses does not agree to the divorce, the case must be resolved in court.

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