A slightly complicated legal and multi-part legal question. I’ll try to lay it out simply.
My wife and I were married in Hong Kong in 2018. We are both UK nationals and received our wedding certificate in HK before returning to Taiwan. We did NOT get our marriage certified at TECO. We didn’t have time on that trip and presumed it would be easy enough to pop back to Hong Kong soon enough. Obviously we didn’t know how much the world and Hong Kong would change in the next year or two.
Fast forward to 2022 and we have decided that we would sadly like to get divorced. We’ve both agreed to this and I said I would look into the legality of getting a divorce here.
Here is what I think to be the case, but perhaps somebody can provide some advice or guidance so we avoid unnecessary steps or costs.
To be divorced in Taiwan, we need our marriage to be legally recognized here… Which as far as I know, must be done by TECO in Hong Kong.
TECO in HK says that our marriage can be certified remotely if we use an ‘agent’ and provide them with power of attorney.
(a) Is an agent just a person we nominate, i.e. a friend or person we trust in HK?
(b) How do we provide power of attorney to this person? Is there a standard form for this sort of thing or do we need to seek the help of a lawyer or somebody else here in Taiwan.
Once we have the marriage recognized in Taiwan (which obviously feels like a weird step, as we are actually trying to get divorced), what are the steps to getting a divorce here as foreigners? I believe from reading previous threads that it is possible, but might require persistence.
Thanks in advance - I know there are a lot of ifs in these questions. Really I’m looking for any suggestions or experience that might prevent us from doing this as simply and painlessly as possible.
As I said, we are both continuing our lives in Taiwan and although it’s not a happy experience, are trying to do this amicably and without unnecessary burden on each other. If we can avoid having to deal with Hong Kong and getting our marriage more certified, that would be preferable.