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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.

Divorce registration

Where you register your divorce depends on the country where you divorced. 

Divorced in the Netherlands

Are you divorced in the Netherlands? Then your lawyer will send the divorce decree to the municipality where you were married. The municipality then registers your divorce. 

Your lawyer can send the documents to: 

Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch, Department of Civil Affairs, PO Box 12345, 5200 GZ 's-Hertogenbosch.

Do you live in another municipality than the one where you got married? The municipality will pass this on to your home municipality. 

Divorced abroad 

Are you divorced abroad and do you live in the Netherlands? If so, you must register your foreign divorce in the basic registration of persons (BRP). You can do this at the municipality where you are registered. 


Registering your divorce with the municipality is free of charge. However, you do pay a fee for applying for a divorce certificate. 

How long does it take 

The municipality registers the divorce as soon as the documents are received. Only when the municipality registers the divorce in the civil registry is the divorce official. 

Further information

For more information, contact the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch via telephone of WhatsApp +31 73 615 51 55 or send an e-mail using the digital contact form.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch

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5211HH 's-Hertogenbosch

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Last updated on 23 September 2022