Costa Rica divorce

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You can trust us with all your Family Law concerns as we have decades of experience in the field. Our team of expert lawyers also understands that Family Law cases require additional empathy and emotional support.

The Costa Rica Family Law covers all issues relating to civil unions, domestic partnerships, and family-related matters including divorce, separation, child custody, child support, alimony, visitation rights, property settlements, spousal abuse, surrogacy, and more.

Family Law cases require clients to sort out choices, responsibilities, and rights without letting emotions affect their legal actions. Often, Family Law cases are eventually decided through mediation. You can trust our lawyers to understand the situation and help you every step of the way. Our lawyers convey your position in court with clarity and conviction to fetch you the leverage that would facilitate an inexpensive and quick settlement. The Family Law in Costa Rica includes:

  • 1. Family Code (Law 5476 Codigo de Familia) that was enacted in 1973
  • 2. Legal Code of Children and Adolescents (Codigo de Ninez y Adolesencia) that was enacted in 1998
  • 3. Domestic Violence Law (Law 7586 Ley de Violencia Domestica) that was enacted 1996
  • 4. Penalization of Domestic Violence Against Women (Law 8589 Ley de penalizacion de Violencia Contra Las Mujeres) that was enacted in 2007
  • 5. Paternity Law (Law 8101 Ley de Paternidad Responsable) enacted 2001

Divorce cases are particularly tricky in Costa Rica as, in most cases, proceedings cannot begin before three years of marriage have been completed. In addition, the Family Law treats divorce cases in a specific manner if either of the partners is a foreigner – whether residing in Costa Rica or not. Costa Rica domestic violence laws are also quite strict and mostly favor the woman. Divorced women wanting to remarry have to wait at least 10 months after the divorce or they could be penalized with a fine. Our team of lawyers understands the value of an assertive approach in Law cases with the least time wasted in litigation.

Our in-depth knowledge of the Costa Rica Family Law is a value-addition to our client services. Our straightforward counsel and trial expertise would be an asset for clients expecting trouble with property division, parenting plans, child support, and alimony.

We are known as one of the best law firms in Costa Rica with specialization in Family Law. With us you get both the expertise as when dealing with a large international law firm and the individual attention you would from a small law firm. We also offer excellent service for our international clients also who might need a trustworthy legal representative in Costa Rica for their Family Law-related disputes during their absence from the country. The Law Firm of Meléndez & Bonilla also understands your need for complete privacy in Family Law cases. The requirement of the client always forms the pivot of any legal strategy we pursue in a case.

Don't hesitate to call our experts now for the best legal advice on any Costa Rica Family Law issue.