Do you need to apostille a Divorce Decree?
Are you planning to get married in a foreign country?
In order to apostille your divorce decree, you must mail in the original or a certified copy issued by the Court. In some States, this Court can also be called the Family Court, Superior Court, County Court, and Circuit Court.
Divorce decrees can only be authenticated from the State of issue. The Secretary of State does not have the authority to authenticate documents issued from another State. For example, if your divorce decree is from the State of California, the State of California is the only State that can issue the California apostille. Another example is if your marriage certificate is from Florida, only the State of Florida can issue the Florida apostille.
If you had hired an attorney to help you with your divorce, your attorney should have supplied you with a certified copy of your divorce decree. If not, your attorney can obtain one from the court and overnight it to your location or recommend a service who can obtain a certified copy from the court directly.
Not every divorce decree can qualify for an apostille. Some States have set time limits on how old a certificate can be. For example, divorce decrees issued from the State of Virginia can not be older than 12 months. We recommend that you mail in the documents you currently have for review. If the State rejects your document, we will contact you with instructions.
Note: Some states may allow you to obtain a digital certified copy.
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Obtaining an apostille on a certified divorce decree can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!