In North Rhine-Westphalia, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf is responsible for these recognition procedures.
All relevant information about the conditions and the exact procedure of a recognition process can be found in the Guidelines for the recognition of foreign divorces. (237 KB) (in German)
If you wish to make a request for recognition of a foreign divorce, you will find the appropriate application form. (55 KB) here (in German).
In our Country Section you finally find additional information on the documents required for the recognition of a divorce distinguished by the respective countries.
Please accept our apologies for the provided material being only available in German. If you need a professional linguist for this material, you can search our database for a suitable translator.
Office hours – please note:
Please note the special office hours for the affairs of the recognition of foreign divorce decrees and in matters concerning the procedure to verify the conditions for marriage:
Mondays to Fridays between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm
and additionally on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
You can contact the office during opening hours by calling +049 211 4971 741.