Recognition of Foreign Divorces in France

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06 Feb 2024

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Recognition of Foreign Divorces

This service is available across France

Who Can Benefit from this Service?

Anyone who has been divorced outside France and there is a requirement to have their divorce recognised officially by the French legal system.

This can be required in order to remarry in France following a prior divorce in another country, or to enforce child support arrangements against a person now living in France where the child maintenance arrangements were stipulated in the divorce hearing that took place in another country. 

Who Can Benefit from this Service?

Useful Information

For Divorces from EU Countries (Except Denmark)

  • Divorces granted in EU countries, except Denmark, after March 1, 2001, are generally recognized in France without the need for a specific procedure, thanks to the European Regulation (CE) n°2201/2003, also known as "Brussels II bis".
  • This recognition applies as long as the divorce was issued by a competent foreign court and is not contrary to French public order.
  • To have the divorce recognized, you need to present a copy of the foreign divorce decision and a certificate issued by the jurisdiction of the EU member state where the decision was made. This documentation must establish the authenticity of the decision

For Divorces from Non-EU Countries and Denmark

  • Divorces granted in non-EU countries or Denmark require a verification process called 'opposabilité' by the French prosecutor (Procureur de la République). This process checks the regularity of the foreign decision in line with French law.
  • The required documents typically include a full copy of the divorce decision, proof of the decision's finality, a French translation by an accredited translator, and proof of the domicile and nationality of the parties at the time the divorce case was initiated.
  • If the foreign decision is deemed 'opposable' in France, the French prosecutor will instruct the relevant civil registry office to update their records with the divorce decision.
  • In cases where a divorce decision involves financial consequences, such as alimony, an 'exequatur' procedure may be required to enforce the decision in France​​​​.
Useful Information

Process: Our Approach

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin with an in-depth discussion to understand the specifics of your case, including the country where the divorce was granted and any complexities involved.
  2. Document Assessment: We'll guide you in gathering and preparing all necessary documents, such as the original divorce decree and any accompanying certifications.
  3. Translation Services: If required, we arrange for the translation of your documents by a certified translator, ensuring compliance with French legal standards.
  4. Determination of Applicable Procedure: We'll identify whether your case falls under EU regulations or requires the 'opposabilité' verification or 'exequatur' procedure in France.
  5. Legal Representation: If necessary, we provide legal representation to navigate the French legal system, including interactions with the Procureur de la République and civil registry offices.
  6. Submission of Applications: We handle the submission of all applications and documents to the relevant French authorities.
  7. Follow-up and Updates: We offer continuous updates on the status of your application and any additional steps needed.
Process: Our Approach

Benefits of this Service

  • Expertise in French and EU Law: Our team's proficiency in both French and European Union legal frameworks ensures a comprehensive approach to your case.
  • Tailored Legal Strategies: We develop customized strategies that cater to the unique aspects of your divorce and personal circumstances.
  • Efficient Document Handling: Our efficient management of necessary documentation, including translations, streamlines the process.
  • Navigational Assistance: We guide you through the complex legal landscape of France, simplifying the recognition process.
  • Transparent Communication: We maintain clear and consistent communication, keeping you informed at every stage of the process.
  • Focus on Compliance: Ensuring that all applications and documents comply with the specific requirements of French law.
  • Dedicated Support: Our commitment to providing dedicated support aims to minimize stress and uncertainty throughout the process.
Benefits of this Service

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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