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Registering a divorce in the civil registry in the Netherlands

Has a judge has agreed to your divorce (echtscheiding)? Then you and your partner will be sent a copy of the final order (echtscheidingsbeschikking). When does your divorce become final? Once you have registered the final order in the municipality’s civil registry (burgerlijke stand van de gemeente).

You can register the final order in the Register of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships (burgerlijke stand van de gemeente). Do this at the municipality where you were married. This must be done within 6 months of the court ruling. When you have done this you are legally divorced.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Registered civil partnership

You may apply for dissolution of your registered civil partnership. This is arranged in court. Next you must have the dissolution of your civil partnership registered with the municipality. After this the dissolution is definite.

You need a lawyer to be able to dissolve your civil partnership. Your lawyer will apply to the court for dissolution of your civil partnership. The court pronounces the dissolution.

Registering with the municipality

Has the court pronounced its final decision? And has the possibility of appeal expired? Then have the dissolution of your civil partnership registered within 6 months at the municipality where you concluded your civil partnership. This is usually arranged by the lawyer on your behalf.

Registration of dissolution of civil partnership is free of charge.

Once your municipality has received the documents, it will register the divorce as soon as possible. The divorce becomes official as soon as your municipality registers it in the civil registry.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Delft

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Stationsplein 1

2611BV Delft

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Last updated on 23 September 2022