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How do R.O.C. citizens and foreigners file for divorce?

(I) Application Process

1. Divorcing in the R.O.C. Both husband and wife must file with the R.O.C. citizen spouses district Civil Administrative Office.

2. Couples divorcing abroad
(1) File with the R.O.C. citizen spouses district Civil Administration Office.
(2) Applicants who are unable to apply in person may appoint a representative by power of attorney; that person with power of attorney must be approved by the jurisdictional Civil Administration Office.
(3) Applicants who have not yet transferred their household registration abroad must register their divorce in the district of their residency; applicants who have already transferred their household registration abroad shall first apply first for re-registration to Taiwan before filing an application for divorce.
(4) Applicants must request, in person, through the R.O.C. embassy/consulate/trade office that their registration for divorce be forwarded to the appropriate district Civil Administration Office.

(II) Required Documents

1. Couples divorcing in the R.O.C.
(1) Household registration, R.O.C. identification and seal for the R.O.C. citizen.
(2) Identification of the foreign spouse.
(3) Divorce papers (bearing signature of two witnesses); in the case of a court-ordered divorce, the court order and documentation of authenticity.

2.Couples divorcing abroad
(1) If applying through the R.O.C. district Civil Administrative Office.
a. Household registration R.O.C. identification and seal for the R.O.C. citizen.
b. Identification of the foreign spouse.
c. Original and Chinese translation of divorce papers which have been notarized by a R.O.C. embassy/consulate/trade office; in the case of a court-ordered divorce, original and Chinese translation of notarized court order.
(2) If applying abroad through a R.O.C. embassy/consulate/trade office
a. Divorce papers.
b. Documentation of foreign spouses single status.

(III) At the time of filing registration for divorce, the spouse who has assumed the surname of the other should apply to revert to his/her own surname.