If you have been married and divorced, it is likely that you have kept copies of both your marriage certificate and divorce certificate. These may not seem to have any real significance until you decide to move to another country. Most countries require copies of official documents to determine who you are and who your family members are.
Birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates are all likely to be required by the immigration authorities if you are intending to migrate to another country. If these are printed in any other language other than the one that is the official language of the country you are migrating to, then they will need to be translated.
If you are intending to move to the United States and are applying for jobs and visas, then you will certainly have to provide a whole bunch of official documents to prove to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) who you and your immediate family who travels with you are and how you are related to each other.
Some official documents may seem trivial when you are living back at home and you may forget that they can take on significance when you move somewhere else. It pays to find out exactly documents you need and which needs need translating.
Even when you have been living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for some years, your personal circumstances might change. If you were legally divorced in your home country and wish to remarry in the U.S. or even marry someone who is not an American citizen and then attempt to bring them into the country your past relationships may need to be demonstrated.
In the U.S., for instance, there is no state in which you are legally allowed to get married if you are still married to someone else, even if that person now lives somewhere else, e.g. back in your original home country. That would be regarded as bigamy and could lead to financial and legal penalties imposed on you, let alone bring uncertainty and unhappiness to your new partner. The solution is to have a Divorce Certificate Translation in English, preferably provided by a certified translator.
Importance of using a certified translator
It is not realistic to translate any sort of official document yourself, even if you are absolutely fluent in both your own language and English. U.S. authorities, for example, do not recognize self translated documents. All official documents, including divorce certificates, need to be translated by a certified translator. This is an easy process and would not take long for something as simple as a marriage or divorce certificate. A certified translator is a professional translator who provides a separate certificate that states that the translation is an accurate version of theoriginal andis then signed by the translator.
Cinch Translations can be relied on to provide a professional and economical divorcecertificate translation service on demand and we would also remind any of our potential clients that we are able to translate up to 90 different languages.
A divorce certificate translation may be just as important as the certificate itself. If you were divorced in one country and intend to move to another country where both the written and spoken language is different, it makes sense to forestall possible future problems getting a translation of your divorce certificate and take it with you. It is possible that if you are going through the often lengthy and prolonged process of applying for permanent residence (green card in the U.S.) in another country that you might be asked to provide originals of all important legal documents. This may include divorce and marriage certificates, if you have been married. If these certificates are printed in anything other than English (for the U.S. at any rate) they will need to be translated.
Why a divorce certificate translation might be needed
You might need a divorce certificate if you have to prove your marital status. If your certificate is not in English but you need to prove that you are divorced in the U.S. it makes sense that it is translated into English. Imagine presenting a divorce certificate in Thai or Russian for instance where the script is nothing like the Latin script used in English. Anyone examining such a divorce certificate wouldn’t have a clue what it was communicating!
A divorce certificate may be needed if there is any question about joint property or assets that need to be distributed according to an agreement made between you and your former spouse. It may affect any inheritances received in the future. Imagine, for instance, that you receive an inheritance from a beloved relative. The inheritance states specifically that an amount of money is given to you and your spouse jointly. But who is your legal spouse? This is where a divorce certificate may be needed.
Avoiding being accused of bigamy
If you remarry in the U.S., the marriage may not proceed legally unless you can prove that you are already divorced from your former spouse. Despite the twentieth century being a much more liberal era with regards to partnerships, it is still illegal in the U.S. (even in Utah) and many other countries to be married to more than one other person at the same time. A divorce certificate can establish your legal status. Of course, if you are remarrying in the U.S. and your divorce took place in China or Japan, your divorce certificate is most likely to be written in Chinese or Japanese characters!
In some circumstances, you may also need to submit your divorce certificate to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (U.S.C.I.S.). This may be the case if you are applying for a visa for a spouse. The U.S.C.I.S. may wish to establish the authenticity of your relationship. To do this, you may need to submit a marriage certificate translation as well as a divorce certificate translation in addition to any other supporting documentation.
Cinch Translations can provide accurate divorce certificate translations
If you need an accurate certified divorce certificate translation, look no further than Cinch Translations. Our translators have an enviable reputation for accuracy and also offer a very competitive service in as many as 90 different languages.