Mexico - Getting Divorced

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  • Contact a divorce lawyer. You can find a good lawyer on the Internet or using the local yellow pages, or ask for referrals from people you know.Ask up front about the fee, as many attorneys will offer a flat fee. This is your best option if you are able to come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce and do not require a judge to decide how to divide your property or negotiate support or custody issues.
  • Give the lawyer copies of your marriage contract along with proof of your legal residency, and financial statements such as tax returns, paycheck stubs, or bank statements.
  • If you have children, give your attorney their birth certificates and/or passports.
  • Write a tentative agreement of what you would like to receive in the final divorce settlement, along with the amount of child support or spousal support you are willing to pay or the amount you are seeking. Itemize your assets and write down whether they were acquired before or during your marriage and which ones you are willing to part with.
  • Your attorney will write up the divorce agreement called a "convenio".

Read it carefully. Make sure you agree to the the terms and insist upon having the document translated into English if your first language is not Spanish.
When the agreement is acceptable to both parties sign it and fulfill the terms.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Marriage contract
  • Birth certificates
  • Passports
  • Financial statements
  • Proof of your legal residency

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Lic. Jacobo Javier Velasquez Acevedo
Paseo de la Reforma 423-3A
Col. Cuauhtemoc
Tel. 5208-5470, 5525-3497, 5525-6904, 1041-3259


Gmez Aguilar, Raul
License Number 1509586
Av Miguel Angel de Quevedo No. 785, Office 3
Col. Barrio del Nio Jesus
Delegate. Coyoacn
04330 Mexico, DF
5554-9171 and 5336-5380 Tel


Francisco Serrano O. - License number 1478407
Bosque de Ciruelos 160 Piso 8
Col. Bosques de las Lomas 11700- Mexico, D. F.
Telephone: 5251-9650, 5251-3036 Fax: 5251-9015


Javier Alegre - License number 1318031
Orizaba 101, 2nd. Floor
Col. Roma
06700- Mexico, D. F.
Telephone & Fax: 5511-7739 5511-3138


Victor Alvarez de la Torre - License number 353974
Pedro Santamarina Noriega License number 2850481
Bosque de Duraznos No. 65 301A
Col. Bosques de las Lomas
Deleg. Miguel Hidalgo
11700- Mexico, D. F.
Telephone: 5596-6533
Fax: 5251-4690


Marcos Berkman Margolis - License number 147717
San Francisco 2 Pisos 5 y 6
Col. del Valle
03100- Mexico, D. F.
Telephone & Fax: 5687-0411, 5687-3589, 5536-6149, 5669-1582



Residents of Mxico


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Processing Time[edit]

The divorce process in Mexico takes three to six months to complete depending on the details of the case. This is standard within Mexican Law, and allows couples time to reconcile if possible.

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If you wish to get divorced in Mexico, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of Mexico for a minimum of six months. You will also require a letter from the Secretaria de Gobernacion stating you have a legal right to initiate a divorce.

Required Information[edit]

  • Your full name
  • Your address
  • E-mail address
  • Citizenship
  • Spouse's full name
  • Spouse's address
  • Spouse's E-mail address
  • Names of Minor Children
  • Date of marriage
  • Plaintiff's (Your) telephone number (very important)
  • Plaintiff's (Your) signature


Need for the Document[edit]

In the old days, before "no fault" or irreconcilable differences grounds became prevalent, Mexican divorces were popular because of the difficulty of obtaining a divorce in certain states. As a result, many Mexican "quickie" divorces did nothing more lighten the litigants' pockets and fill them with the false notion that the marriage had actually been dissolved. Some of these divorces later were set aside because of lack of jurisdiction over the parties or lack of notice to the adverse party. Some merely terminated the marital status without deciding the parties' respective property rights, fixing custody, or establishing support or alimony.

Information which might help[edit]

Divorce laws vary somewhat from one state to another within the Republic of Mexico, and there appears to be no Mexican Government office in any of the states or the Federal District where one may obtain printed information concerning the laws.
It is possible that those offices may have in their libraries copies of the Civil Codes of the 30 States, one territory and the Federal District, which contain divorce laws.

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External Links[edit]

  • Aguascalientes

  • Baja California

  • Baja California Sur

  • Campeche

  • Coahuila

  • Colima

  • Chiapas

  • Chihuahua

  • Federal District

  • Durango

  • State of Mexico

  • Guanajuato

  • Warrior

  • Nobleman

  • Jalisco

  • Michoacn

  • Morelos

  • Nayarit

  • Nuevo Len

  • Oaxaca

  • Puebla

  • Quertaro

  • Quintana Roo

  • San Luis Potosi

  • Sinaloa

  • Sonora

  • Tabasco

  • Tamaulipas

  • Tlaxcala

  • Veracruz

  • Yucatn

  • Zacatecas


There is no central records office for the whole of the Republic of Mexico or within any one state or the Federal District where divorce decrees are registered. Each court or civil registry maintains its own records. Within the jurisdiction of the Federal District alone, there are 18 civil courts and 26 civil registries. Therefore, should a copy of the decree be needed at some future date, it would be necessary for the person requesting a certified copy to provide information regarding the name and location of the court in which the proceedings took place and date of decree before a search of records would be made.