Dominican Divorce Law and Legal Definition

Dominican law requires that the parties create a formal separation agreement detailing the division of their common property, the custody of any children born in the marriage, and any alimony and/or child support payments. This agreement must be signed before a notary public of the non-Dominican jurisdiction where the spouses normally reside and duly certified by the Dominican Consulate closest to that domicile, in order to be valid under Dominican law. The separation agreement must expressly grant jurisdiction to a First Instance Judge.

To get a divorce by mutual consent by U.S,. citizens, at least one of the spouses must personally appear at the hearing with the other represented by a special power of attorney. The appearing spouse shall present to the court identification, such as a passport, identity card, social security card, or driver's license.

The court will ask for a copy of the marriage certificate and copies of the birth certificates of any children born in the marriage, duly legalized and translated into Spanish if they were in any other languages.