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The effects of the divorce decree are as follows:

The right to make a new marriage

Once the divorce has been pronounced, the marriage can be remarried.

Property separation

Property separation between spouses arises. From the moment of divorce, each spouse earns only his personal property. The property of the joint spouses from the period before the divorce may be divided (by contract or court).

Exclusion from inheritance

Spouses do not inherit each other (unless on the basis of a will).

No presumption of the child's origin

There is no legal presumption that a child comes from a marriage if it was born 300 days after the divorce was pronounced.

Alimony between spouses

In cases determined by law between spouses after divorce, there is an obligation to pay alimony (unlimited in time).

First of all, a divorced person who has not been found guilty of the breakdown of his or her life and who is in need, may demand from his former spouse to provide the means of subsistence to the extent corresponding to his or her justified needs and financial and economic capacity. Put simply, a deprived person who has not been found guilty of the breakdown of his or her life can demand from the ex-spouse alimony.

Secondly, if one spouse has been found guilty of the decomposition of a divorce and the divorce results in a significant deterioration of the innocent spouse's situation, the court, upon request of the innocent spouse, can decide that the spouse should only contribute to satisfying the justified needs an innocent spouse (ie paying alimony), even if this was not in need.

Maintenance for children

The court decides in what amount each spouse is obliged to bear the costs of maintaining and raising a child. In practice, this means that one of the spouses is required to pay maintenance to the other spouse with whom the children live.

Parental authority

The court decides on parental authority over the joint minor child of both spouses. For example, he may delegate the exercise of power to one of his parents by limiting the second parent's power to certain duties and rights in relation to the child's person. However, the court takes into account the written agreement of the spouses on the manner of exercising parental authority and maintaining contact with the child after the divorce, if it is in accordance with the best interests of the child. In such a case, the court does not usually issue detailed provisions regarding parental authority.


The court determines with whom the child is to live after the divorce and in the absence of an agreement between the parents, the court establishes contacts with the child of the other parent. With the consent of both parents, the court may institute alternate care or not make any decisions about contacts.

Shared apartment of the spouses

If the spouses share a flat, the court in the divorce decree also decides on the manner of using the flat for the duration of the spouse's divorce. In exceptional cases, when one of the spouses condemns abnormal actions in court, the court may order his eviction at the request of the other spouse. At the mutual request of the parties, the court may also decide on the division of a shared flat or on granting a flat to one of the spouses, if the other spouse consents to leave it without providing a replacement and substitute accommodation, if the division or its granting to one of the spouses is possible.

Division of assets

At the request of one of the spouses, the court may divide the joint property in a divorce decree, if such division does not cause undue delay in the proceedings.

Differences between the effects of divorce and separation

The main difference between divorce and separation is that after the divorce, you can marry again, and after separation, no. Separation, on the other hand, can be abolished and somehow restored to an "old" marriage.

After the divorce, you can return to your previous name, and after the separation, no. The return to the previous name takes place through a statement submitted to the head of the civil registry office submitted within 3 months of the divorce decree.

The period of payment to the other spouse of alimonies after divorce is limited in certain cases to 5 years (however, you can request a judicial extension of this period). However, there is no such limitation when separating. After separation, the spouses are always obliged to assist each other, if the reasons of equity so require. However, after the divorce has been pronounced, the spouses are never obliged to do so. However, it should be noted that in practice it would be difficult to seek judicial assistance from the other spouse, because the concept of "considerations of equity" is very unclear.


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