Divorce

Divorce abroad

Foreign decisions on divorce or legal separation are normally recognised in Switzerland when handed down in the country of domicile or of habitual residence, or the state of nationality of one of the spouses, or if recognised in one of these countries (Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291)).

Federal Act on Private International Law (SR 291) (de, fr, it)

To register a divorce pronounced abroad in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar), the originals of the following documents must be as a rule submitted to the Swiss representation with any necessary legalisation for forwarding to Switzerland:

  • divorce decree with the date on which it takes effect
  • decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • where applicable, changes of address of the divorced couple

These documents are intended to the competent civil status authority and will not be returned.

Divorce in Switzerland

In the case of a divorce pronounced in Switzerland, persons registered with a Swiss representation abroad are under an obligation to report the change of civil status. This requires submitting the following documents (as hard copy or in electronic form) so that the register of the Swiss abroad can be updated:

  • photocopy of the divorce decree with the date on which it takes effect
  • photocopy of the decision concerning the parental authority of any children of the couple with the date when it takes effect
  • Where applicable changes of address of the divorced couple

There is no fee for the registration in question.

Divorce / Giruschin

  1. Original Divorce Certificate / Teudat Giruschin or Neeman Lemakor (from rabbinat)

  2. Divorce judgement (in case children are involved)

  3. Fill in « Divorce Form » available at Embassy or website: www.eda.admin.ch/telaviv

  4. Clarify family name of spouse after divorce via Name Change Declaration, Passport, ID card, or Residency Confirmation (Tamzit Rishum Male).

Name Change

  1. Original Name Change Certificate / Teudat Shinui Shem (from IL Ministry of Interior)
  2. Copy of IL passport or ID card
  3. Tamzit Rishum Male

Important: All name changes registered abroad must be registered with the Swiss Authorities.

Important Information:

  • Civil status documents can be obtained at the Ministry of Interior (Misrad Hapnim) at the following internet address: (www.piba.gov.il) and may not be older than 6 months.
  • The residency confirmation / (Tamzit Rishum Male) has a validity of 6 months from its date of issue.
  • The Swiss authorities require original documents which will not be returned.
  • The spelling of names in the latin alphabet should be checked carefully to avoid wrong inscriptions in Swiss registries.
  • The updating of civil status registries (inscriptions of marriages, divorces, name changes etc.) takes time and may consequently delay the issuance of regular CH-passports (validity 10 years for adults).
  • An Apostille is requested on all Israeli Documents.