Divorce in Thailand sometimes leaves the divorcing couple some marriage issues left unsettled, as with the division of their marital properties, child custody and support, also with spousal alimony. Spousal support is not mandatory in Thailand, and there is no law which makes it the other spouse’s responsibility to provide spousal support, or any law dictating the amount that should be given after the divorce in Thailand has been granted.

Spousal Support in Thailand

Cent advancement in law supports the provision of spousal support especially when the erring spouse is the only reason for the downfall of the marriage. When the spousal agreement is considered as part of the divorce agreement or a court grant, these are the following guidelines on how spousal support in Thailand is determined:

  • –          Length of the marriage;
  • –          Age of the spouse (recipient);
  • –          Probability of re-marrying for the recipient spouse;
  • –          Health of the recipient spouse;
  • –          Educational attainment of the recipient spouse;
  • –          Current employment status of the recipient spouse;
  • –          Possibility of being employed for the recipient spouse;
  • –          Standard of living that the recipient spouse is used to;
  • –          Current financial capacity of the paying spouse;
  • –          Future financial status of the paying spouse;

Child support in Thailand, unlike spousal support, is mandatory. Thai law does not allow parties from drawing an agreement wherein one or both parties is to become exempted in paying child support in case of a divorce.

These factors determine how much child support should be provided to the child after being granted the divorce:

  • –          Age of the child or children involved;
  • –          Education of the child or children involved;
  • –          Health of the child or children involved;
  • –          Standard of living that the child or children is used to;
  • –          Financial capacity of each of the parent;

It is recommended to consult a Thailand divorce lawyer when it comes to family law matters.

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