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    Advice please: Divorce and changing names

    Hello everyone, thanks for taking time to read my question. I hope this post is in the correct sub-forum. I'll try to be as brief as possible.

    We were married in Thailand and registered all the paperwork there. No marriage papers were processed back home in the states. Now we're separated, maybe some 3 years now, and she wants to change her name back. We were not formally divorced and since the marriage wasn't registered here in the US, I'm OK with the status quo as I have no plans to marry another Thai gal.

    So the other day she contacts me out of the blue, asking me to help her change her name back to her original name. She gave some sad story about why she needs it, with her being sick. It's a sad story to be honest, and I realize that you all don't care for details, but let's just say that the marriage didn't work out. In regards to supporting her, I was more than generous with money. Too much and it got abused. So, it's complicated, but in the end, I am not inclined to send money over to have her do this.

    I've lived in Thailand for some time and know there is usually a cheap way for Thai nationals to do stuff like this. Like, is the Thai government really going to let a foreigner hold power over a national about something like this? So, this was just my assumption and I wanted to come here and ask the guys who really know. So, essentially, can she do this on the cheap, in her amphur, without me having to trek all the way there, or send a thousand dollars?

    I feel like she's squeezing me for money, maybe this one last time, and I really don't want to bite. If however, there were no other way for her to change the name back without expensive fees and such, I also realize my role in this, as she has my name too. So, if there is no other way, then I have to help. I just think if she could do this reasonably, she would have done so already and that this asking is really just 10% actual plea and 90% sob story let's see what we can get out of him. What do you think? I appreciate your input.

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    ^ for Thais to change their name it is free mate

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    She can file for divorce without your help as well. She just has to declare that she has been deserted for more than one year.

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    Most excellent. Thank you both of you.

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    She's stuck. She cannot change her name without $1,000 You cad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowsitlike View Post
    for Thais to change their name it is free mate
    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    She can file for divorce without your help as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by A Broad View Post
    I feel like she's squeezing me for money
    Your feelings are spot on.

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    Thank you.

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    There is a thread where the old owner of this forum (R.I.P) explains how his missus done it for 50 baht 10 years back.

    Link - Changing Thai Name

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
    There is a thread where the old owner of this forum (R.I.P) explains how his missus done it for 50 baht 10 years back.

    Link - Changing Thai Name
    But whatever you do, dont give her the link. One Za on here is enough.

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    ^ That would split the internet in 2 if that happened.

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    Advice please: Divorce and changing names-za2-jpg


    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon View Post
    ^ That would split the internet in 2 if that happened.

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    Thanks for the link Bogon. That was a funny thread. And yeah King Willy, I won't break it in half. ;-)

    The only za I know about is Pete's Za. But shes taken. And cheesy.

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