When Kosovar men wish to remarry their first wives, the couple may simply declare that they have been reconciled.
Against a background of such economic hardship, many people feel desperate to obtain the right to live and work in western Europe. Unlike their Balkan neighbours, Kosovars do not enjoy visa-free travel within the EU Schengen zone. It is almost impossible for Kosovars to gain German citizenship unless they are born there, or enter the country as an infant and go to school there.
Two years ago, her husband remarried a German woman.
Not only did Valbona, mother of their four children aged four to 11, know of his plan, she approved it.
Shefqet Buqaj, a city hall official, admits knowing of cases in which Kosovars have remarried their local first wives after divorcing their foreign spouses.
The ability of officials to monitor the motives behind marriages to foreigners is poor, he admits.