Divorce

If you and/or your spouse no longer wish to live together, either or both of you can apply to your county governor’s office for a separation. It is not necessary for both of you to agree on the separation. The county governor will contact your spouse if you apply alone.

Application for separation

If you wish to get divorced, you first have to apply for separation if you and your spouse still live together or have lived apart for less than two years. You apply for separation to the county governor’s office in the county where you previously lived together. When you and your spouse have been separated for at least one year, you can apply for a divorce. During the separation period, you will still be formally married. Therefore, neither of you may remarry during this period.

Divorce after two years of living apart

You can apply for a divorce without first being separated, if you and your spouce have been living apart for at least 2 years and you both agree that this is a termination of matrimonial cohabitation.

Mediation

If you and your spouse have common children under the age of 16 years, you must meet at a family counselling office or at an approved counsellor’s office for a mediation meeting. This applies for both married and cohabitants who choose to split up. The counselor will issue a certificate of mediation, which must be attached to the application for separation. The certificate is valid for 6 months.  

Surname

Once your divorce goes through, you will still have the surname you had whilst married. If you wish to change your surname, you must send an application to change your name to the Norwegian Tax Administration. They will then process the application.

You can find more information about separation and divorce on the website for County Governors in Norway.  

You may also find the brochure “Separation and Divorce” useful, published by the Ministry of Children and Equality.

 

Services

  • Confirmation of child custody

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    A confirmation of child custody states who is registered as having custody of a child. You may need such confirmation to support applications to a bank or insurance company for example.
  • Child maintenance calculator

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)
    If possible, parents should agree privately on child maintenance payments. However, guidance on how much child maintenance should be paid is available via an online calculator from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV). (In Norwegian only)
  • Order an exemption card or tax deduction card

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    You must have a Norwegian identity number to order a tax deduction card electronically. If you are a foreign employee, you must visit a tax office which performs identity checks in order to apply for a tax deduction card. When you have ordered a tax deduction card or tax exemption card, your employer will obtain it electronically. It will not be mailed to your home address.
  • Passport application

    National Police Directorate
    To apply for a Norwegian passport, you must apply in person by going to a police station in Norway. To renew a foreign passport, you must contact your home country's embassy or consulate in Norway.
  • Other certificates and extracts from the National Registry

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    Here you can order most certificates and extracts from the Norwegian Tax Administration.
  • Tenancy agreement

    Norwegian Consumer Council
    The invariable regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Act take precedence over any contractual terms and conditions. A rental agreement shall be drawn up if one party requires so. The agreement can be completed electronically. Optionally, you can print out the form and fill it in on paper.   
  • Reporting a move within Norway

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    If you move house within Norway, you must notify the Tax Administration within 8 days of your move. The Tax Administration is responsible for the National Population Register.
  • Permanent change of address notification to Norway Post

    Posten Norge AS
    If you have a new address, you should register your change of address with Norway Post to ensure that your post is delivered correctly. If you plan to live in Norway for more than six months, you must report your relocation to Norway to the National Registry (Norwegian Tax Administration) no later than eight days after your arrival. 
  • Change of name

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    You can change your first name, middle name and last name. Note that the middle name is not a first name. Names which can be used as a surname, may also be taken as a middle name.
  • Send elektronisk melding til Fylkesmannen

    County Governor
    Melding til Fylkesmannen er eit elektronisk skjema som du kan bruke til å ettersende dokument eller annan informasjon som Fylkesmannen treng til behandlinga av ei sak. Skjemaet kan også brukast til å sende ei melding til Fylkesmannen, i staden for å sende brev.
  • Separation and divorce - forms

    County Governor
    A married couple who no longer wish to live together can apply for separation and divorce. It is not necessary for both of you to agree on the separation, and there is no duty to give reasons. The county governor will contact your spouse if you apply alone. Application forms should be sent to the County Governor's Office in the county where the couple last lived together.
  • Veiviser for økonomisk sosialhjelp

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)

    Veiviseren viser deg hvordan du søker om økonomisk sosialhjelp og hva du kan søke om. I veiviseren finner du også informasjon om andre muligheter enn økonomisk sosialhjelp. Både ordninger og stønader i og utenfor NAV er med, for eksempel bostøtte gjennom Husbanken, som er aktuelt for mange.

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