Marriage & Divorce in Spain
Information regarding getting married or divorced in Spain
It is now quite easy to get married in Spain, for gay people also. There is quite a lot of paperwork, however.
Some evidence must be provided that both parties are single, and birth certificates are also required. A divorced person must present a 'Certificado de Ley' prepared by a lawyer and legalized by a Spanish consul in the country of origin to the effect that there is a valid divorce. These documents must be officially translated into Spanish and accompanied by the certificate of apostille, which verifies them.
Since 1981 it is possible to get a divorce in Spain. Even foreigners who have been married in other countries can, if they are now residents in Spain, obtain a divorce here, which will be recognized in their home country. You will have to have been married for one full year, before a petition for divorce can be heard. You will need to formalise this before a notario and you will need a lawyer who will help you with the financial arrangements.
If you want to change your nationality, you will find that a lot of complications can arise, as Spain does not recognize dual citizenship. The whole process takes up to a year, and you will do well to have a skilled gestor or abogado (Lawyer) handle your application.
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