Family Disputes in Cyprus – My Rights!

The below table is intended to summarize the rights of spouses in family disputes in Cyprus. It should not be considered as legal advice.

Description of Right

After Separation

After Divorce

When is the Right Lost

Right to Divorce YES
Right to Alimony YES NO After issuing a divorce
Right to After-Divorce Alimony NO YES For a specific amount of time decided by the Court
Right to Marital Property YES YES Three years after issuing a divorce
Right to Exclusive Use of Family Home YES NO Terminates after issuance of the divorce
Right to Movables YES NO During a reasonable time after separation
Right to Home Equipment YES NO During a reasonable time after separation
Right to child support YES YES Until the Child becomes an adult
Right to adult child support YES YES Until the adult child finishes the army or University
Right to Stop-List YES YES Until the child becomes an adult
Right to Parental Care (Child Custody) YES YES Until the child is mature
Right to Communication YES YES Until the child is mature

This article is given for information purposes only and it does not constitute legal advice. For further information and advice please contact Mrs. Maria Skarpari  at or Mr. Evripides Hadjinestoros at

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Key People

Evripides Hadjinestoros Partner
Evripides is a partner at D. Hadjinestoros & Co LLC. After completing the LLB Law degree at Queen Mary University in London in 2009, he then completed a post-graduate diploma in Company Law LLM, at University College London. He graduated with Distinction. In 2016, Evripides published the book «The Law on the Sale of Goods and Consumer Protection in Cyprus», which was published by Nomiki Vivliothiki. He is a lecturer in commercial law at the European University Cyprus. He is also an accredited Mediator, Mediator Trainer and founder of the Cyprus Consumer Center for ADR
Maria Skarpari Senior Associate
Maria Skarpari has over 25 years of experience in family law representing hundreds of clients in the Cyprus Family Courts. She has also vast experience in negotiations, litigation and banking and finance law.

Frequently Asked Questions on Cyprus Family Law

Is a prenuptial agreement recognised in Cyprus?

No, a prenuptial agreement is not recognised in Cyprus, but after separation the couple may decide on how their property will be legally separated between them through an agreement.

Is a divorce required prior to filing an application for child custody, maintenance or to resolve property disputes?

No, under Cyprus Family Law, your rights to file applications for all the above begin after separation, therefore there is no need to wait for the divorce before you determine those issues.

Who gets the custody of the children in case of a divorce in Cyprus?

Under Cyprus Family Law only one of the parents will get the custody of the children. In practice that means usually the wife, although there are circumstances where the husband will be allowed custody. As a matter of course, the other parent will be allowed communication with the children for some periods during the week.

How is child support calculated under Cyprus Family Law?

Under Cyprus Family Law, child Support in Cyprus is given to the parent who has been granted custody of the child. Typical expenses calculated for child support are food supplies, water and electricity bills, rent, phone and internet bills, shoes and clothes as well as doctor’s fees. You can find out more by visiting this page.

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