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How can I get my divorce decree legalized outside of Cuba?

Mar 1 , 2024

As long as you have the document or information about its registration, legalizing a Cuban divorce abroad is a simple process. As for the other types of legalizations for use abroad, this service is provided in coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the consulate or embassy of the country where the interested party resides, or the diplomatic missions of the latter in Cuban territory.

The process is common for this and other certifications recorded in the Cuban civil registry, and includes certain steps for the document to be legally valid in another country.

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How to obtain in Cuba the original of a divorce document


First you need to locate your divorce document, this can be requested through the diplomatic representations of Cuba in the country that requires the document legalized, you can also hire the service of an official agency of these entities.

You will need a legal copy in good condition and valid for the Cuban government.

This step is not required if you own or have a relative or friend who lives in Cuba.


How to translate the certificate if necessary?


If the country where you reside or will be using the divorce document does not speak Spanish as an official language, and the authorities require it, you must request a copy translated into that language, which must also be certified for use outside of Cuba.


Legalization of the document and certification of divorce


Once MINREX has legalized the divorce document, it is sent to the embassy or consulate of the country of destination in Cuba, as these institutions usually provide a second certification of legality for use in the country they represent, which is a higher guarantee of the document’s validity.

Although this is a basic guide, you should research the specific requirements and procedures for legalization of divorce documents in the destination country. As a rule, it is sufficient to present the document or data of your settlement and the identification of the interested party for your request to be effective.

The cost of this service will depend on the Cuban rate for each step, the payment of taxes (usually in the form of stamps) or the rates of the agency you go to.

In any case, we recommend that you seek the advice of legal professionals to ensure that the process is completed correctly and as quickly as possible.

The following is a summary of the steps you need to take to get your divorce legalized. It does not matter if you have your divorce decree or not:

  1. Contact the Cuban consulate or embassy or an official Cuban government agency (you will usually need to make an appointment).
  2. a) If you have your divorce decree, you only need to request that it be legalized to use in that country. b) If you do not have your divorce certificate, request its search and subsequent legalization, providing all possible information about your divorce in Cuba.
  3. Pay the fees for the service requested

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