A divorce decree is the official document that state courts issue when they grant a divorce. An apostille is a document that authenticates the origin of a document for international use.
If you want to use your divorce decree in another country, you may need to get it apostilled. An apostille is a certificate that verifies the authenticity of a document. To get an apostille in Washington, you must first obtain a notarized document. Next, take the document to the county courthouse where it will be authenticated. Finally, take the authenticated document to the Secretary of State's office to obtain the apostille. Examples of documents that can be apostilled are: birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, diplomas, transcripts, and criminal background checks.
In order to get an apostille for a divorce decree, you must first contact the county clerk's office in the county where the divorce was granted and request a certified copy of the decree. Once you have received the certified copy of the decree, you must then take it to the Secretary of State's office and request an apostille.
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