Registering a divorce

To terminate a marriage, you will need a lawyer or attorney who can file for a divorce on your behalf. The court then grants your divorce. This is called the divorce settlement (echtscheidingsbeschikking). A divorce is not official until the settlement has been registered at the Registry Office. The date the divorce settlement is registered is the official date of divorce.

What is your situation?

  1. Were you married in the Netherlands and was the divorce granted by a court in the Netherlands?
    Then you will need to register the settlement at the Registry Office of the municipality where you were married.
  2. Were you married in the Netherlands and divorced abroad?
    Then the divorce needs to be registered in the municipality where you were married.
  3. Were you married and divorced abroad and was your foreign marriage certificate registered at the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague.
    Then you need to have your foreign divorce registered at the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague.
  4. Were you married and divorced abroad and do you live in the Netherlands and is your foreign marriage certificate not registered at the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague?
    Then you need to have your foreign divorce registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP) of the municipality in which you reside.
  5. Were you married abroad and was the divorce granted by a court in the Netherlands?
    Then you need to have your divorce registered at the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague.
  6. Was the divorce granted by the court (Gerecht in Eerste Aanleg) in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba?
    Then the divorce needs to be registered at the Registry Office of the Municipality of The Hague, unless the wedding took place on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. In this case the divorce needs to be registered at the Registry Office of the island where the wedding took place.

      Required documents

      Divorce granted by a court in the Netherlands

      • an original copy of the irrevocable decree from the court
      • a request for registration
      • an akte van berusting

      The municipality might need additional information or documents. Other documents are needed for divorces granted by the court (Gerecht in Eerste Aanleg) in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.

      Divorce granted by a foreign authority

      You can contact the Registration Unit at the Department of National Tasks to ask which documents you need in your situation. The email address is lt@denhaag.nl.

      Conditions

      You must request the registration of the Dutch divorce settlement within 6 months after it has become irrevocable. This means that it is no longer possible to appeal the court decision. After 6 months the divorce settlement will expire and you will no longer be able to have the divorce registered. Usually your attorney will make sure that all of the correct documents are submitted.

        Fees

        None

        How long does it takes?

        Once your request is complete, your divorce settlement will be registered as quickly as possible. The official of the Registry Office in The Hague will then send a message to the municipality in which you live to register it in the Personal Records Database.

        Register a divorce

        If you would like to register your divorce at the Municipality of The Hague, then you need to send the documents to:

        Municipality of The Hague
        Department of Public Service, Registration Unit
        Postbus 12620
        2500 DL Den Haag

        Questions

        Do you have any questions? Send them by email to: lt@denhaag.nl.