Norway is not a member state of the EU and accordingly the EU regulations do not apply. There is divorce as of right if the parties have been separated for a year. Although legal separation is not a necessary prerequisite for a divorce, the majority of divorces do in fact start with a jointly requested ‘licence for separation.’ Children matters are decided solely on what is in the best interest of the children. Joint parenting Orders are common.
Financial provision is governed by community of property rules, although marriage contracts (both pre-marital and post-marital) are common. Spousal maintenance is unusual and it is limited in duration. In this respect, Norway is very similar to the other Scandinavian countries.
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