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[Thread Split] Legal separation in CH after spouse has left the country?

On the same topic... but a husband's POV. My wife left two years ago and we filed a Mutual Consent Divorce petition in India. However, she withdrew the consent, and the case is now in the courts. It will probably be 5 to 7 years before any decision. In the meantime can I claim legal separation here in CH?

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Re: [Thread Split] Legal separation in CH after spouse has left the country?

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Re: [Thread Split] Legal separation in CH after spouse has left the country?

See Glowjupiter's post (7) in the linked thread. That seems the way for you to go to me.
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Re: [Thread Split] Legal separation in CH after spouse has left the country?

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In the meantime can I claim legal separation here in CH?
This sounds tricky.

It seems that the law applicable at the time and place of the marriage also is the law that (typically?) rules separation, divorce and inheritance. The situation may be comparable in that respect to a company that, in their terms & conditions, says "Gerichtsstand ist Zürich" or some such, which determines the law applicable when differencies arise. Presumably such a clause is missing in your marital contract so default procedures apply.

For instance, german courts in some cases even rule based on scharia law, especially with respect to marriage/divorce and inheritance (generally, cases governed by civil law). I would assume that swiss courts are not too far from practice that as both are subject to basically the same international law (albeit to perhaps differing degrees).

Excerpt from an expertise on International Civil Rights (Procedures?) from 2013 on admin.ch:
Broad translation of the excerpt below:
"Local law does not in and of itself take precedence over foreign law as all national laws are in and of themselves equal (of equal importance, weight). Instead, the deciding factor is, which law is the family or most affected person most closely related to.". By signing the petition you probably accepted to use indian law, provided you actually had a choice in the first place (I think together with your wife you did).

"Ausgangspunkt des IPR [Internationales PrivatRecht] ist die Gleichwertigkeit aller staatlichen Rechtsordnungen; das eigene materielle Privatrecht des zur Entscheidung zuständigen Gerichts (sog. materielle lex fori) hat in einem ersten Rechtsfindungsvorgang (bei der kollisionsrechtlichen Frage: Welche staatliche Rechtsordnung ist auf das familienrechtliche Verhältnis, wie Ehe, Kindesverhältnis, Güterrecht usw. anwendbar?) keinen Vorrang. Für die Anwendung des einen oder anderen staatlichen Familienrechts durch das zuständige schweizerische Gericht ist primär der Gesichtspunkt, zu welcher staatlichen Rechtsordnung die betroffene familiäre Gemeinschaft oder die hauptsächlich betroffene Person die engste Beziehung hat, massgeblich."
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