If you plan on remarrying abroad or wish to revert back to using your maiden name, you may be asked to apply for an apostille.
An apostille certificate is used to authenticate a decree absolute issued by a UK court or signed by a notary public in the UK for overseas purposes. The certificate gives legal evidence of the divorce to foreign authorities and reassurance that the certificate is valid.
The Hague Apostille Convention in 1961 introduced apostille stamps as a form of legalisation for different types of documents such as a decree absolute. If a country is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, a decree absolute which has been apostilled will be legally accepted in that country. Apostille certificates are accepted by over 120 member countries of the Hague Apostille Convention.
If a country has not signed up to the Hague Apostille Convention, the decree absolute will need to be apostilled and then legalised by the Embassy of the country it is going to be used in. If you intend on remarrying abroad in a country that is not a member, you will need consular legalisation.
Find out more information about individual countries on our Country Requirements List.