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Marriage

On this page you can find questions and answers about marriage between Danish and Ukrainian nationals.

Marriages in Ukraine are carried out by the governmental authority that registers civil status (рацс). A ceremony in church cannot substitute the official registration. If you want a ceremony in church, it is to be arranged and performed separately. General information about the registration of marriages in Ukraine can be found in Ukrainian at the homepage of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

 

Which documents do I as a Danish citizen need to get married in Ukraine?

A marital status certificate which states, that you are not married.
Which documents are required to get married in Ukraine varies from place to place; it is therefore necessary to contact the local рацс in the city or district where the Ukrainian spouse is registered in order to get a complete list of required documents.

The Danish documents must be translated into Ukrainian and be endorsed with an Apostille. The Apostille authority in Denmark is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Legalisation Office.

Read the general rules about marriage between a Ukrainian citizen and a foreigner at the homepage of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice. Note that the information given about legalization is not relevant for Danish citizens since the Apostille stamp replaces other legalisation procedures. Read more about the Apostille here.

 

How do I register my marriage in Ukraine, which was conducted in Denmark?

Please contact the local authority in Ukraine, which handles the registration of civil status (рацс), to get a complete list of documents required for recognition and registration of marriage conducted in Denmark or another country.
All documents must be translated into Ukrainian and endorsed an Apostille.

Read the general rules regarding the registration of marriage performed in another country than Ukraine at the homepage of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice. Note that the information given about legalisation is not relevant for Danish citizens since the Apostille stamp replaces other legalisation procedures. Read more about the Apostille here.

 

How do I get a marital status certificate in Denmark?

You get a marital status certificate by contacting your municipality. If you are not registered in Denmark, you must contact the municipality where you were last registered.

 

How do I get my marriage recognized in Denmark?

  • A marriage conducted abroad is generally recognized in Denmark if the following conditions are met:
    The ceremony is performed by an authority or person in the country where the marriage took place, which was authorized to perform the ceremony.
  • The ceremony did not contradict basic Danish public policy. This means that especially the following two conditions must be met: 1) Both parties must have been present at the ceremony, and 2) both parties must have been at least 15 years old at the time of marriage.
  • The ceremony should be legal in the country where it was made.

Read more about recognition of foreign marriages on the homepage of the Department of Family Affairs.

 

How do I register my marriage in Denmark, which was conducted in Ukraine?

If you want your marriage registered in Denmark, which was conducted in Ukraine, you should contact the National Registration Office in your municipality. You must bring the original marriage document. In addition, the municipality must have the following information:

  • Wedding authenticity of the document must be legalised by the Apostille. Read more about the Apostille here.
  • Proof that the marriage is registered by a state authority.
  • Translation of documents by an official translator. It is enough to get the documents translated into English.
  • A fully completed form regarding foreign marriages. Find the form here.

Read more about recognition of foreign marriages on the homepage of the Department of Family Affairs