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I am a citizen of EU (not German) and in a relationship with a US Army member residing in Germany, who is still legally married to a German wife (they also have children together). They have been separated for over a year and according to him, divorce proceedings are underway. Is there any way I can verify this? Is a filed divorce a matter of public record in Germany? I have read many articles online about divorce in Germany, but I am not quite sure what the steps are after the 1-year separation period. What happens after the papers are filed and which factors influence the speed of the divorce? I very much thank you in advance for your answer. It is truly apreciated!

Dear Valentina,

Unfortunately you are not able to find out if he filed for divorce because you are not a party of the divorce and the court or lawyers are not allowed to give you any information.

The more complicated the divorce is (if the parties don't agree about, custody, visitation rights, support, waiving of the splitting of retirement assets or other assets) the longer it will take. It can take from several months up to in a few cases to two years.

I hope your boyfriend has a lawyer who is familiar with international divorces. If there should be any problems he can contact me at

Carolin Schulz-Burgess
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Carolin Schulz-Burgess


German legal issues on inheritance, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, last wills and testaments, and other problems involving international family and civil law.


I am a certified German laywer with professional experience in both German and American law firms. Since 2001 I have been working independently at my firm, German Legal Services. I have represented hundreds of clients on matters involving US-German legal issues. One of my firm's areas of specialization is in divorce and child support and custody issues between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and German civilians.

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I received my undergraduate and JD degrees both from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, whose law school is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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