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Apostille Legalisation

Legalisation (Apostille) is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a UK public document is genuine.

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Copy of Decree Absolute

Decree Absolute

Decree Absolute Replacement

Divorce Certificate

Need to find my Decree Absolute

Good Evening, Welcome to UK RECORDS OFFICE !

This site exists to help you obtain a Divorce certificate (Decree Absolute) as quickly and as easily as possible.

Decree Absolute

Unable to find your decree absolute certificate and wish to obtain a copy?

We supply official replacement Decree Absolutes for UK marriage dissolutions. Also known as Divorce Certificates, a Decree Absolute is the final step in formalising the end of a marriage.
  • Replace a Divorce Certificate New or Duplicate
The certificate will normally include Man's full name, woman's full name and date of marriage and divorce.

We can provide you with a copy of a Decree Absolute

UK RECORDS OFFICE offers a secure online ordering service for official uk decree absolutes issued in England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

If you have lost your decree absolute and need a copy of a decree absolute or need a replacement decree absolute, we can help.

We provide official Decree Divorce certificates, we are here to help.

Our team will conduct a search to obtain an official Decree Absolute certificate to confirm a divorce has taken place or produce a nil result certificate to confirm no divorce has taken place in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Irelands.

If you cannot remember the exact dates you can give an approximate year of both marriage and divorce.

Decree, judicial determination of the rights and obligations of the parties to a civil action. Judgments are generally classified as final.

Absolute, term used to denote whatever is in no way dependent on or limited by anything else. Thus, in ethics an absolute value is one that is good.

Final decree is the concluding judgment issued by a court at the end of the legal procedure, finalizing its decision. Final decree is issued by a court when intermediate or temporary orders are issued by them during the hearing. Eg. interlocutory decrees of divorce are issued to give a chance for reconciliation, then a final decree is issued in the divorce petition.

Replacement decree absolute or annulment certificates may be obtained from UK RECORDS OFFICE.

We can issue an apostille on Decree Absolute from all United Kingdom countries or Ireland. Decree Absolute from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland are all accepted.

In the UK a marriage is dissolved when the court issues a Decree Absolute. This normally follows the issue of a decree nisi. The Decree Absolute is the final document that means the marriage is legaly at an end. Once the Decree Absolute has been issued the previously married couple can now legally re-marry.

Divorce documents are often legalised by apostille to prove that a marriage is now over in another country. A woman may wish to revert to her maiden name. You may also be requested to get an apostille on a Decree Absolute if you intend to marry again in a country outside the UK.

Order a Divorce Certificate Replacement, suitable for both legal and family history uses. Sometimes also known as Decree Absolute, these documents are essential to prove a change of name when married. If you have lost your marriage certificate, or need one for family history purposes, this replacement copy will help you.

Duplicate Divorce Certificates are often essential to prove identity when applying for:

Bank accounts
Social Security
Employer ID
Driving licence
Visas and Immigration

All Duplicate decree certificates we supply are fully certified copies which are suitable for all official purposes. Some reasons for obtaining a certificate include an application for Adoption, applying for an academic course, applying for a passport or a driver's licence. One of the most common reasons is that the original certificate was lost or mislaid.

Original divorce certificates do not require a signed release or similar for the order to be processed. Nor does further documentation (e.g. driver's licence or passport) have to produced. Generally, there will be no special needs for the order to be completed, beyond the initial supplying of information and payment.

There is no choice between non certified and certified - all certificates issued are certified. All certificates issued are issued with an official seal, some certificates have a raised seal or a stamped seal.

We can supply birth certificates from the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain (GB) England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and many overseas births where the location was once a British territory, or if the event was registered with a British consulate.

Lost marriage certificate

We can carry out searches of the records for the UK area and you can order a copy certificate(s) via the online order form. Copy certificates can be obtained via the online order form, the certificate would contain the marriage details first registered. The minimum information needed to find an entry is the grooms and brides name, place of marriage and year the marriage took place.

Further Information

Registers of births, marriages and deaths

Copies of death certificates

Copies of marriage certificates

Copies of birth certificates

How to marry

You can get married by a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony. In both cases, the following legal requirements must be met:-

The marriage must be conducted by a person or in the presence of a person authorised to register marriages in the district

The marriage must be entered in the marriage register and signed by both parties, two witnesses, the person who conducted the ceremony and, if that person is not authorised to register marriages, the person who is registering the marriage.

Require an Apostille (Legalised) UK Certificate? An Apostille is a certificate confirming that a signature or a seal on a certificate is genuine. The process of obtaining an Apostille is called Legalisation. Legalisation is usually required by foreign authorities before they will allow a UK document to be used for official purposes in their country. Apostille Certificates issued in the UK will be accepted in the following countries without further legalisation ? Apostille Countries.

When you get a copy of the marriage certificate, it probably offers the best boost to genealogy research of any document. Not only does it tell you the exact date of the marriage and the full names of the couple, it also includes their ages (however, it might just say "full," meaning of age; around 75% of marriages certificates just list "full" until the early 1850s. If it says "minor" or "under age" that means between the ages of 12 and 20 for a girl and 14-20 for a boy, at least until 1929, when the lower age limit for marriage became 16, giving you a fair amount of exact information for your family tree.