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Lithuania: Copy of family law pertaining to domestic violence and divorce

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 February 1995
Citation / Document Symbol LTU19780.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Lithuania: Copy of family law pertaining to domestic violence and divorce, 1 February 1995, LTU19780.E, available at: [accessed 27 November 2015]
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Information on the above-mentioned subject could not be found among sources consulted by the DIRB. However, in a telephone interview on 18 January 1995, a parliamentarian from the Independence Party in the Lithuanian parliament who was in Toronto provided the following related information. The Independence Party is represented by eight members in parliament and is an opposition party of the political centre.

The parliamentarian stated that, aside from the police, who may be unreliable in their ability to protect women from abusive partners, there is no state protection for women who are victims of spousal abuse. The parliamentarian added that if only one partner in a marriage were to desire a divorce, then that partner would have to appeal to a judge for a ruling.

For additional related information on spousal abuse and divorce provided by a representative of the Lithuanian Women's Society in Kaunas, Lithuania, please consult the attachment.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this information request.


Independence Party parliamentarian in the Lithuanian parliament, Vilnius. Toronto. 18 January 1995. Telephone interview.


Kaunas Palace of Culture, Kaunas, Lithuania. 2 February 1995. Fax sent to the DIRB.

Source Consulted

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Ottawa. 15 February 1995. Telephone interview.

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