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What are the regulations regarding foreign marriage or divorce with Chinese nationals?

Updated: 2014-07-24

First, marriage registration is a necessary procedure for a legal marriage.


If a foreigner marries a Chinese national within the Chinese territory, in line with China' s Marriage Law, both parties should register with the Division of Foreign-Related Marriage Registration of the Changsha Civil Affairs Bureau. The foreign party should produce the following documents and materials:


(1) Valid passport or other valid international travel documents;


(2) Proof issued by his/her country in China that s/he has no spouse.


Second, if a foreigner and his/her Chinese spouse voluntarily decide to divorce in China, both parties should go to the Division of Foreign-Related Marriage Registration of the local Civil Affairs Bureau to register for divorce. The foreigner should produce the following documents and materials:


(1) Marriage Certificate
(2) Divorce Agreement signed by both parties;
(3) Valid passport and other valid international travel documents.