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RE Foreigners married to Turkish women in Turkey

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RE Foreigners married to Turkish women in Turkey

Post Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:46 pm

An English friend of mine married a Turkish woman who was much younger than himself, which has proved to be a total disaster. While he was in England buying some bits and pieces he wife packed up various things from their rented apartment in Antalya, Turkey,and along with their baby son moved into her mothers home in Antalya. At the time their family home was in Northern Cyprus. After a 2 year divorce case his wife was granted a divorce. During this time my friend was not allowed to have a translator in court nor was allowed to cross examine statements given by his wifes friends. He himself was not allowed to say one word in his defense. Since their divorce his ex wife has put several court injunctions against him with his being unable to do anything in return. His lawyers, this being the 2nd ones used during his divorce case, have proved to be a waste of time and money. Due to their negligence, it has caused him to suffer a great deal of stress. On writing to the Justice Minister he replied that although he agreed my friends situation was unfair, he could nothing to help. My friend wrote several letters to the British Ambassador in Ankara, which also proved a waste of time, with him receiving not one word of help in reply.

He has just informed me after another visit to the family court this morning, he is now unable to take his son out of the country on holiday. This is a direct contradiction against the divorce judge, who gave my friend the option of allowing him to take his son out of the country for a one months holiday. Although their marriage was in England with their son also born there, his late wife took an injunction out demanding my friend give up his sons British passport. This he did, as if not he would have been put in prison.

So be warned the Turkish law is totally against the male partner in a marriage, which applies to Turkish men as well as foreigners.

I am not saying do not marry Turkish women as I myself am happily married to one.


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