In world-wide jurisdictions marriage is considered the foundation of society. However, the same jurisdictions also recognise the dissolution of marriage which consist in the termination of the marital union. World-wide divorce laws entails the reorganisation of legal duties and responsibilities also including issues regarding redistribution of property, child custody and support, alimony, and visiting rights.

Italian divorce law is relatively recent and it tackles both divorce conditions and further duties and responsibilities which arise after divorce measure. As a general rule, divorce can be achieved only after a certain period of marital separation.

When is it possible to divorce?

According to the Italian Law, both spouses may agree to divorce whenever they prefer and decide that marital relationship has come to an end. However, as previously stated, a certain separation period is required. The only cases where a direct divorce is achievable include: spouse conviction to than fifteen-years or life-time sentence, unconsummated marriage, attempted murder of the child of the spouse by the other spouse, and spouse sex change operation

How long does the separation period last?

With the purpose of obtaining a divorce decree, separation period shall continuously last:

          For at least twelve months in the event of personal separation;

          For at least six months in the event of consensual separation.

Divorce Proceeding

After asking the divorce, the judge has the duty to undertake a reconciliation procedure. In the event the reconciliation is successful, the Judge releases a reconciliation decree. On the contrary, in the event the reconciliation was not successful, the Judge releases an order through which he arrange the temporary and urgent measures and sets the divorce hearing. The sentence of divorce shall become definitive six months after tits publication before Court chancellor’s office.

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