A marriage shall be divorced at the Vital Statistics Department pursuant to a joint application of spouses if the place of residence for both spouses is in Estonia according to the population register and there are no disputes regarding dissolution of the marriage. Disputes regarding assets or children are not an obstacle standing in the way of dissolving a marriage at the Vital Statistics Department.
A divorce-related dispute is a situation in which one of the spouses wants a divorce, but the other does not. Former spouses can solve issues related to the assets and children after the divorce in court or at a notary.
An application for dissolution of the marriage shall be submitted in person and together in the Vital Statistics Department where they want to dissolve the marriage.
If one spouse has a good reason why he/she cannot visit the Vital Statistics Department in order to submit a joint application, he/she can submit a separate application confirmed by a notary. Consular officers shall not confirm such an application. Thus, a separate application can only be submitted at an Estonian notary.
If the divorce application needs to be submitted in a prison, a notary shall be invited to the prison. It is a notarially confirmed application and the director of the prison cannot confirm it. People who are divorcing must have a place of residence in Estonia for the duration of the divorce proceeding.
Before submitting the marriage dissolution application, you need to pay the state fee. In order to make the payment on-line, press the button ‘See price lists’.