There are many reasons why you may be asked to provide your Divorce Certificate or Divorce Decree, such as a new marriage, immigration or to simply have it recognized in another country. Whatever the reason, in order for it to be valid, it must either have an Apostille or be authenticated and legalized depending on the country you will be using it in. As Canada did not sign the Hague Convention the process for validation is authentication and legalization.
Authenticating a Canadian Divorce Certificate for use abroad the Do’s and Don’ts
The first step of authentication takes place at Global Affairs Canada located near our office in Ottawa. When received they will check to see if the signature on your Divorce Certificate is in their registry. Once they are satisfied they will affix their stamp and signature. Although they can take between 15-25 business days to process a request, with our assistance we can shorten this to as quickly as one day. Our further review of your document will ensure it is authenticated the first time guaranteed.
The why and how to Apostille, Attest or Legalize your Canadian Divorce Certificate
Once authenticated the next step is legalization at the embassy of the country in which you will be using your Divorce Certificate. Depending on the country it will have certain requirements and in addition a fee is payable. To save any confusion or stress for you we handle this important step keeping you updated on current rule changes. In some countries you may also see this step called Legalisation, Attestation or Apostille. Once your Divorce Certificate or Decree has followed this two step process it is ready for presentation in country.
If you need to Apostille, Authenticate or Legalize your Canadian Divorce Certificate we can help contact Authentication Legalization Services Canada.