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How do ROC citizens and foreigners file for divorce?

(I) Application Process:
1. Those divorced in the ROC
Both husband and wife must file with any household registration office. (In the case of a sentenced divorce, only one spouse needs file.)
2. Divorced abroad
(1) File with any household registration office.
(2) Applicants who are unable to apply in person may appoint a representative by power of attorney (translated into Chinese and notarized by R.O.C. foreign missions); that person with power of attorney must be approved by jurisdictional household registration office.
(3) Applicants who have not yet transferred their household registration abroad must register their divorce in the district of their residency; applicants who have transferred their household registration abroad shall apply first for re-registration to Taiwan before filing application for divorce.
(4) Applicants must request, in person, through the R.O.C. foreign missions that their registration for divorce be forwarded to the appropriate district household registration office.
(II) Required Documents:
1. Those divorcing in the ROC:
(1) Household registration, ROC identification and seal for the ROC citizen.
(2) Identification of the foreign spouse.
(3) Divorce papers (bearing signature of two witnesses); in the case of a sentenced divorce, the court sentence and documentation of authenticity or agreement of settlement/mediation in court.
2. Those divorced abroad:
(1) If applying through the ROC district household registration office
A. Household registration, ROC identification and seal for the ROC citizen.
B. Identification of the foreign spouse.
C. Original and Chinese translation of divorce papers which have been authenticated notarized by the R.O.C. foreign missions ; in the case of a sentenced divorce, original and Chinese translation of notarized court sentence.
(2) If applying abroad through the R.O.C. foreign missions
Divorce papers. (Applicants request their registration for divorce to the appropriate district household registration office)
(III)At the time of filing registration for divorce, the spouse who has assumed the surname of the other should apply to revert to his/her own surname.