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Divorce in Thailand on the Grounds of Adultery

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing Thai divorce. Specifically we are discussing Thai divorce for a cause. 

For those who are unaware, Thailand has a sort of a bifurcated system wherein there is sort of a mechanism for a non-contested divorce vs. contested divorce, and this video is specifically centering on contested divorce and contested divorce where the grounds for divorce is adultery.

I should preface the rest of this video by saying; I am an American licensed attorney. I am the Managing Director of the firm here but I do not handle Thai law directly. We have Thai attorneys here in the office. I am simply providing this information for informational purposes. Those who are interested in obtaining a divorce or legal services generally should contact a qualified Thai legal professional and have specific advice given for the specific circumstances of their given case.

This is from our website,, and we are quoting from Book 5, Family, Title 1 Chapter 6, Termination of Marriage. This is the Thai Civil and Commercial Code and this is section 1516 of the Civil and Commercial Code. Quoting directly:  "The grounds of action for divorce are as follows: 

1. "The husband has given maintenance to or honored such other woman as his wife or the wife has committed adultery, the other spouse may enter a claim for a divorce." 

So adultery based on this translation and those watching this video should be aware that Thai will be the controlling language under which Thai Law is applied. Those watching this video though should be aware that basically adultery is a grounds for divorce in Thailand and depending on the factual circumstances of a given case, it may be possible to effect a divorce based on a filing for such action with a Thai Court if one can show that adultery took place depending on the given circumstances of the case. 

So yes adultery is an issue that can be brought before the courts in a request for a divorce. Again those who are seeking specific legal assistance with a divorce in Thailand, especially foreigners in a contested divorce situation are well advised to seek legal advice by someone who is professionally qualified with respect to the Thai legal system in order to pursue one's interest as best as possible. Failure to do so could result in problems and complications of an unforeseen nature that could be detrimental to the person seeking such relief.