This video by Chaninat & Leeds law firm discusses the registration and operation of foreign NGOs in Thailand and details how non-Thai NGOs may establish activities in Thailand.
The preferred operating form for an NGO operating in Thailand is normally a Thailand registered foundation.
There are many volunteering opportunities available in Bangkok: from social issues, to environmental issues, to health care issues, to minority rights, to human rights, however there are also a number of areas that foreign NGOs are not allowed to operate in Thailand.
A common misunderstanding is that a father’s name on a birth certificate is sufficient to establish paternal rights in Thailand, but this is incorrect. In Thailand, although a man may be the biological father of the child in question and established a relationship with his child, but without having met the necessary legal requirements, may lack the legal rights to his child.
Foreign parents in Thailand will usually seek to establish the citizenship of their Thai born children through their embassy in Thailand. Although establishing paternity (or maternity) is normally a fundamental issue with regard to citizenship, establishing paternity under Thai law is not necessarily needed to gain legal paternity under foreign law.
Recognition of foreign marriages can assist you with knowing whether you are married in accordance with the local law should you move to a different jurisdiction, which is relevant to issues such as the legitimacy of children and the availability of divorce claims – if your marriage is not recognized locally there is no opportunity for a divorce or divorce claims
Generally in developed countries a marriage or divorce will be recognized by other similar countries.
This is known as the law of comity which is where the courts of one country respect and enforce another country’s laws and judicial decisions.
Enforcement of a court order for example an order regarding joint assets or child custody then that might not be so straightforward, and is a different issue outside the ambit of this post.
Generally therefore marriages and divorces registered in England will be legal in Thailand and vice versa. However one word of caution – it should be noted that an administrative divorce carried out at the Thai Embassy or Consulate in the UK will not be a valid divorce as far as the UK law is concerned, although that divorce would be recognized in Thailand. This is because in the UK, only a court can grant a divorce.