There are substantial differences between the way the courts in Uzbekistan and the courts in the UK approach divorce and associated issues such as property division. As international divorce specialists we represent clients from all over the world. British nationals who have some connection to Uzbekistan may wish to seek legal advice on English law and the Uzbek legal system if they wish to obtain a divorce. Here we look at some of the key principles of divorce and family law in Uzbekistan.
Grounds For Divorce In Uzbekistan
Historically Uzbekistan has faced criticism from the international community for its approach to equality and human rights. Amnesty International’s Report into the country for 2020/2021 acknowledges however that some reforms are underway.
The Family Code formally gives men and women an equal right to start divorce proceedings. Article 39 of the Code contains a specific provision preventing a husband from filing for divorce while his wife is pregnant. There is also a requirement that women have a right to seek an equal share of joint property that has been acquired during the marriage.
Indications are however that some of these rights are not fully observed in practice, with women being left with little or no joint property following divorce. The complex and bureaucratic nature of the divorce process in Uzbekistan often acts as an obstacle to women in particular being able to finalise their divorce. In addition there is a requirement for divorcing couples to participate in a ‘reconciliation commission’ that can also delay the divorce process.
Getting Advice On Uzbek Family Law
The family law system in Uzbekistan is essentially a civil law system that is undergoing a transition from Soviet-era laws to more contemporary legal standards. This process is on-going. If you or your spouse have any connection to Uzbekistan and you are seeking a divorce in the UK you should seek specialist legal advice. Any settlement is likely to differ significantly depending on which jurisdiction (country) has oversight of your case.
At Brookman we understand the type of complex issues that arise in international divorce. Whilst we may not have first-hand experience of dealing with cases connected to Uzbekistan, we do have decades of experience working within the international divorce sphere. This means we can very effectively deal with whatever Uzbeki rules and procedures are in operation at the time of your divorce.
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