Child Custody Laws in Turkey
Child custody in Turkey could be the most difficult issue in the divorce period. Assets can be splited in the petition with divorce agreement as a one time resolve. But the influence of custody arrangements continues after the divorce is finalized. It is a common tactic in divorce proceedings to point out the other party as an unfit parent.
The purpose of this approach is to win custody of the children, limit visitation rights of the other party, protect the children from harm, or to make one’s claim that they are the better party for which the court should assign custody. You must prepare yourself that you could be portrayed this way in the divorce proceedings. It is often said that all the “dirty laundry” comes out during divorce. Understand that this is a fight in which you must represent your best interests as well as the best interests of your children.
Need to know about Child Custody in Turkey
According to Turkish Family Law, there is only one type of conservatorship is available which is Sole Managing Conservatorship. It refers to the custodial parent who has actual possession of the child at all times, except during the time the other parent has visitation rights. There is no Joint Managing Conservatorship yet.
The family regulations in Turkey include the rules regarding children, especially when their parents made a decision to get divorced. The rules related to child custody in Turkey are to be found in the Turkish Civil Code that stipulates that the mother and the father have the custody rights since the birth of a child until he/she is 18 years old.
If they are divorced, the custody is given to one of the parents, if the child was born during the marriage, and to the mother if she gave birth outside a conjugal union. The both parents are the legal representatives of the child until he is 18 years old; after this age, she/he will represent himself and his/her parents aren’t allowed anymore to act on his/her behalf.