Joint custody has been the standard decision for parental responsibility in Switzerland following a divorce since 1 July 2014.
Sole custody may be granted in certain circumstances, e.g.
Translations for various terms are listed in the following format: English (German/French/Italian).
In order to get a divorce () in Switzerland, either you or your spouse must be a resident in Switzerland and have lived there for at least one year.
Note that if you remarry, you must keep your previous name.
Children keep the name they had during the marriage.
Most courts require an agreement regarding any issues that commonly arise, such as joint property and custody of children.
Getting professional legal advice on these issues is always preferable.
If one spouse files for divorce without the agreement of the other, divorce can only take place after two years of separation, i.e. This minimum separation period may be waived in certain circumstances, e.g. It typically takes two months from the time the documents are submitted to the court for the case to come before a judge.
At any time during this process, the court may request further information.
If you have a permit B and a job in your own name, permit C, or already have Swiss citizenship, your residency and that of any minor children will not be affected.
If your residency is through your spouse and you are not from the EU/EFTA states, you can apply for an extension of your residency provided you fulfil one of the following requirements: Claims are less likely to succeed if the marriage lasted less than three years or you were primarily resident outside of Switzerland during your marriage.
It may only be changed with a valid reason, completed by filling out a name change application.