Hi LSX Lawfirm, I am American. Before 2018, I fell in love with a Vietnamese and brought her to America. However, we are not married but live together as husband and wife. Currently, she wants to return to Vietnam. I’m very scared if this relationship breaks down. Please advise me on this case. LSX Lawfirm will answer your question based on this article: “Legal advice for foreigner when cohabitation as husband and wife in Vietnam”.
Law on Marriage and Family 2014
What does cohabitation as husband and wife for foreigner in Vietnam means?
Cohabitation as husband and wife means a man and a woman’s organization of their living together and consideration of themselves as husband and wife.
The case of cohabitation as husband and wife between foreigner and Vietnamese
According to what you said above, you have been living together as husband and wife with a Vietnamese woman. This does not fall under the prohibition of the law.
Firstly; a married person getting married to or cohabitating as husband and wife with another person; or an unmarried person getting married to or cohabitating as husband and wife with a married person.
Secondly; getting married or cohabitating as husband and wife between people of the same direct blood line; relatives within three generations; adoptive parent and adopted child; or former adoptive parent and adopted child; father-in-law and daughter-in-law; mother-in-law and son-in-law, or stepparent and stepchild.
Legal advice for foreigner when cohabitation as husband and wife in Vietnam
If both of you have returned to Vietnam, then register your marriage.
Please refer to the following article:
In case you have had children with Vietnamese woman; you will have to comply with the provisions of Vietnamese law; on the rights and obligations of parents and children for men and women cohabiting as husband and wife without marriage registration.
After all, we want to advise you that, if you have fallen in love with a Vietnamese woman, then it is not important to go through the marriage registration procedure here. However, if she wants to, LSX Lawfirm is always ready to help you to carry out the marriage registration process as quickly as possible.
We hope this article “Legal advice for foreigner when cohabitation as husband and wife in Vietnam” is useful for you.