The authentication and legalization process is used when you need to have your Canadian divorce certificate officially recognized in a foreign country. Document authentication and legalization can be daunting, with the processing requirements changing depending on the country where the certificate will be presented. If you need assistance with the authentication and legalization of your divorce certificate we can help! Contact us today for your free consultation.
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About the Authentication and Legalization Process
Authenticating and legalizing a divorce certificate is a three step process. Click below for more information on these three steps. Note that the authentication and legalization process is also known as the “apostille” or “attestation” process. If you have been told you need to apostille your Canadian certificate, what you will actually be doing is authenticating and legalizing it.
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We can assist you to obtain your divorce certificate, and will then manage all aspects of the authentication and legalization process on your behalf. Contact us today to get started! Phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick Get Started form.
CANADIAN DIVORCE CERTIFICATES
Frequently Asked Questions
If you need to present your Canadian divorce certificate in another country, you may need to have your certificate “authenticated and legalized“. This is the process used to prepare a Canadian document so that it will be formally recognized in foreign jurisdictions. Please consult the person or organization to whom you will be sending your divorce certificate, in order to determine whether they require your document be authenticated and legalized first. If you have any questions about whether your divorce certificate needs to be authenticated and legalized, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly specialists. We would be happy to answer your questions.
Yes, we can authenticate and legalize your divorce certificate for you. We specialize in navigating the Canadian authentication and legalization process for our clients. We’ll even help you prepare your document for processing. You send your divorce certificate to our Ottawa office and we handle all aspects of the authentication and legalization process on your behalf.
If we are authenticating and legalizing your divorce certificate on your behalf, our experts will work closely with you to avoid any preparation mistakes that delay document processing, so your documents are processed right the first time.
If you are authenticating and legalizing your divorce certificate yourself by mail, you should expect the process to take 4 to 6 weeks. Note that, if there are any mistakes in how your documents are prepared and submitted, you will typically need to start the process over from the beginning.
To find out how long it will take us to process your divorce certificate, contact our friendly staff. We’ll discuss your options with you and give you an estimate of how long processing will take.
You can handle the process yourself, either in person or by mail. However, you will need to ensure you have fully researched the requirements of each step of the process. Alternatively, you can also hire an expert service to handle the process on your behalf.
We would be happy to discuss your situation and tell you how we can assist you with the process from start to finish. Contact our friendly staff today! Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or send us an online enquiry.
Original Canadian divorce certificates do not need to be notarized before they are authenticated and legalized. The divorce certificate should have the original signature and seal of the court official. However, if you do not have an original, or the signature is illegible, you may be able to have the divorce certificate notarized. First be sure that a notarized version of the divorce certificate is acceptable to the recipient and the embassy or consulate of the destination country.
In many cases it is acceptable to authenticate and legalize a copy of your divorce certificate, rather than the original. To find out whether this is allowable in your situation, you will need to consult the person or organization to whom you are submitting your divorce certificate. They will be able to tell you if they will accept a copy instead of the original. Additionally, you should check with the diplomatic mission of the destination country. Not all embassies or consulates accept copies of documents (even if notarized).
If a copy is allowable, you will need to get a certified true copy of your certificate made by a Notary Public. Contact our friendly specialists for more information on the authentication and legalization of a certified true copy of a divorce certificate.
To order a divorce certificate you will need to contact the courthouse where the divorce was filed. If you know where the divorce was filed, you can send them a request in writing (including the court file number), along with their fee and a prepaid return envelope. The fee may vary depending on the province where the divorce was filed.
If you do not know where the divorce was filed, you will need to contact the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings. They maintain a record of all Canadian divorces. Once you obtain the information you need, you can proceed to order the divorce certificate from the court.
Contact us to find out more information about how we can help you to order your divorce certificate. Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or send us an online enquiry.
Yes, we can help you order a new copy of your divorce certificate. If you provide us with the information we need, we can certainly order your divorce certificate on your behalf. If you do not have the information required, we will need to start by contacting the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings.
We can order your divorce certificate and if needed, we can also have it authenticated and legalized for use abroad. Contact us to get the process started.
Once the request for the new divorce certificate has been received by the court, it can take from one week to a month to be issued. The timing typically depends on the age of divorce, but also the size of the courthouse. If the divorce has been filed over 15 years ago, it may be sent to records storage and will take longer to obtain. If the divorce took place prior to 1979, it will have been archived and a special request to the Archives will be required.
IDC can order the divorce certificate on your behalf. Contact us for assistance with ordering your divorce certificate.
Yes! Our clients frequently have newly-ordered divorce certificates sent directly to our Ottawa office in order to speed up the authentication and legalization process. Simply have your divorce certificate sent to:
International Documents Canada 310 Beechgrove Ave. Suite B Ottawa, ON K1Z 6R3
Make sure to let us know your certificate is on the way, so we can look out for it. If you have any questions about having your divorce certificate sent directly to us, please contact our friendly staff.
You may have been told you need to “apostille” or “attest” your Canadian divorce certificate. Around the world, different terms are used to describe a similar process of validating documents from one country to use in another. In Canada, both of these terms apostille and attestation refer to the authentication and legalization process. So if you have been told you need to apostille or attest your divorce certificate, what you will need to do is authenticate and legalize this document.
The pricing for authenticating and legalizing a Canadian divorce certificate will depend on the speed of service you choose, the number of documents you have, and the destination country. When you contact us, one of the first things we’ll do is provide you a detailed quote, so you understand exactly what is involved and how much it costs. Visit our website to see general information about our pricing.
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