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Home / I am going to make ‘aliyah’ to Israel from the UK. I got divorced in the 1960’s and never re-married. I only have a photocopy of the civil divorce judgment. My ‘ex’ was in possession of the original but I am no longer in contact with her. What must I do so that I have acceptable proof of being a divorce when I come to Israel?

I am going to make ‘aliyah’ to Israel from the UK. I got divorced in the 1960’s and never re-married. I only have a photocopy of the civil divorce judgment. My ‘ex’ was in possession of the original but I am no longer in contact with her. What must I do so that I have acceptable proof of being a divorce when I come to Israel?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 07 June, 2022

Firstly, where a photocopy of the divorce shows the file number , it is very simple to obtain an updated, and authorized divorced judgment on the new format used from the Family Proceedings Department attached to the Principle Registry of the Family Division in Holborn , London. This then needs the “apostille” stamp from the Legalisation Department the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in The Mall, London. This will complete the requirements for the recognition of the divorce, according to the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, which is binding on both the UK and Israel.


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