Hi Law guru.. my question is regarding a divorce between an ethiopian woman and foreign national. They were married in the ethiopian embassy in a foriegn country and lived there for 12 years. they have three children. now they are here and my question is how does the law decide on the custody of the children. Thank you
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We can understand from your email that a marriage has been concluded between an Ethiopian citizen and a foreigner. While living together they gave birth to three children. Even though your question needs some clarification, we assume your request is regarding the custody of the children�s after the parents get divorced.
Thus, as you mentioned it since the spouses conclude their marriage in the Ethiopian Embassy located in a foreign country they will be governed by the Ethiopian Family Law.
Coming to your main point, regarding the custody of the children�s, if the spouses decided to divorce by mutual consent they shall by their agreement specifically stipulate regarding the tutor and guardians of their children. But where the spouses do not agree on the details of the custody of their children the court which decides the divorce shall also decide the guardianship of the children.
For further reading please read Divorce and Ethiopian Law - Divorce and Its Effects Under Ethiopian Family Law
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