International Divorce & Family Law: Bulgaria

We are a well-known international family law firm and our clients include those who originate from Bulgaria but now live in the UK, or their spouse is Bulgarian, or they were married in Bulgaria.

Here we discuss some of the specifics regarding family law relating to Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Divorce

Under the Bulgarian Family Code there are three ways to obtain a divorce:

  • Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage – either spouse can petition for a divorce on the grounds that the marriage has broken down or is ‘disrupted’. Article 49 of the Family Code doesn’t specify a minimum time for such a petition to be brought and it’s up to the spouse bringing the petition to prove that the marriage has broken down as a result of the behaviour of the other spouse.
  • No-fault divorce –Both sides present an agreement to the court on financial and other matters for the court to approve.
  • Mutual consent divorce – Under Article 50 of the Family Code spouses can agree to divorce. Unlike England and Wales there is no mandatory period of separation before a couple can seek a divorce by mutual consent. But the marriage must have lasted at least three years and couples may be asked to attend counselling before asking the court for a divorce.

In any divorce involving children, as in the UK the courts will put the interests of the children first in any decision it makes.

What About Finances In A Bulgarian Divorce?

Married couples in Bulgaria can choose to own property jointly, separately or as stipulated in a contract (prenuptial agreement). The family home however cannot be disposed of without the consent of both spouses following divorce. In a divorce the courts will divide property according to the property ownership regime chosen by the couple.

Maintenance rules are tighter than in England and Wales. For example:

  • Maintenance is only paid to a spouse who has not caused the breakdown of the marriage.
  • Payment of maintenance is limited to three years except in extremely rare cases.

Seeking Advice On Bulgarian Family Law

There are significant differences in the way the courts in Bulgaria and those in England decide family law issues. So it’s essential to get specialist family law advice if your case includes an element of Bulgarian law or either spouse is Bulgarian

Because the courts in either country may be able to decide matters you may need to act quickly to ensure the country that is likely to be more sympathetic to your position is put in charge of proceedings. That’s because the spouse who initiates proceedings will usually get to determine which country’s courts actually handle the divorce case.

Here at Brookman we act for Bulgarian nationals living in the UK, British citizens resident in Bulgaria who wish to divorce, people married in Bulgaria who need advice on family law matters and individuals seeking advice on international child dispute matters where one parent lives in Bulgaria and the other in the UK.

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We are a specialist divorce and international divorce family law team, advising clients in the United Kingdom (specifically England and Wales) and throughout the world. We have a very people–orientated approach to working with clients. Henry Brookman has practised law for over 45 years, and our team has a wide range of skills and expertise. We are recommended by the Legal 500 and have been awarded the Law Society’s quality mark, Lexcel.

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Henry Brookman

With over 45 years' experience, Henry Brookman is the senior member of the team. He is described by The Legal 500 as ‘shrewd, savvy, sagacious and highly experienced’.

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Talitha Brookman

Talitha is a Partner in the firm and a very experienced practitioner. She has been exclusively practising family law for over 15 years and is a recognised expert in her field.

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Philip Morton

Recommended by The Legal 500, Philip is an expert in all areas of family law, including domestic and international financial disputes, fraud and commercial dispute resolution.

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Natasha Slabas

Expert in all areas of family law, often involving cases that have an international element, including work in relation to financial settlements following divorce.

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Aziz Malik

Aziz is a Partner at the firm and is highly regarded for his expertise on financial matters in divorce and has been recommended by the Legal 500.

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Kirsty Kelleher

Kirsty is a specialist family law solicitor recommended by The Legal 500. An expert in divorce, financial matters, child-related disputes and contentious probate cases.

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Kevin Danagher

Kevin specialises exclusively in family law, advising on all aspects of relationship breakdown, divorce, same sex marriage, marital agreements, and international family cases.

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Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer is a talented solicitor, experienced in all elements of family law, including high net worth financial proceedings, Children Act proceedings and financial claims.

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Gavin has excellent experience in family law including divorce and financial proceedings and international child abduction proceedings involving Hague Convention countries.

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Pippa Marshall

Pippa’s experience covers all areas of family law including divorce, financial remedies, same sex relationships, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitee property disputes.

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Lorraine Imms

With over 20 years' family law experience, Lorraine can advise on divorce, matrimonial finances, cohabitee disputes, nuptial agreements and private children matters.

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Lorna Martin

Lorna is our Office Manager who oversees the operations of the firm including providing accounts support as well as secretarial support to the team.

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Eva is an AAT qualified accounts manager and holds full AAT membership (MAAT). She gained her degree in financial accounting from the University of Economics in Bulgaria.

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