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Certification of legal documents through the Embassy
Information about certification and authentification of foreign documents is provided here.
International Recognition / Legalization of Documents
Please click here to learn more about the regulations.
For additional Information about foreign marriages please click here.
Recognition of a divorce
The place at which the marriage was solemnized does not automatically determine which court will have jurisdiction over the case or which law will be applied to the divorce proceedings. Both these issues have to be determined in each individual case.
According to section 606a of the German Code of Civil Procedure, German courts have jurisdiction over matrimonial matters, inter alia, when one spouse is a German national or, if both are foreign nationals, if they are both habitually resident in Germany. This jurisdiction is not exclusive, i.e. it may also be possible to get divorced abroad and, under certain conditions, to have such a divorce recognized in Germany (cf. “Recognition of a foreign divorce” below). Whether it is possible or sensible to get divorced abroad is something to be discussed with a specialist lawyer.
A divorce in Nepal is not automatically recognized in Germany; in order to have your divorce recognized, an application to the relevant Landesjustizbehörde must be submitted through the German Embassy.
Please have court-certified copies of your Certificate of Divorce, your Divorce decree and your Marriage Certificate with you. These documents are part of your application and have to be legalized by the German Embassy.