If you are married in the US but obtain an annulment in another country, must anything be filed in the US for the annulment to be recognized?

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If you are married in the US but obtain an annulment in another country, must anything be filed in the US for the annulment to be recognized?

We were married in FL, neither of us are US citizens. The marriage was legalized in my country, where it is annulled by court. What I need to do to make annulment to be recognize in US, who to contact? What is the procedure? Is it possible to send translated annulment with Apostille to FL attorney to make the annulment to be recognized?

Asked on May 4, 2011 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am unsure I understand the point. If your marriage was annulled in another country, then the U.S. would recognize the annulment. If you don't live here, then there should be no issue. If you live here, and you are having difficulty with documentation or forms, you should be able to go to the consulate in Florida for your country and see if they can officially translate it for you and notarize it for your purposes. Oftentimes, that is all you may need for items like changing your passport and driver's license. Sending via Apostille may be necessary for verification but again the consulate or state department may be able to do the same thing.


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