Registering a divorce in the civil registry in the Netherlands

Has a judge has agreed to your divorce (echtscheiding)? Then you and your partner will be sent a copy of the final order (echtscheidingsbeschikking). When does your divorce become final? Once you have registered the final order in the municipality’s civil registry (burgerlijke stand van de gemeente).

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Registering a divorce

Where you register your divorce depends on your situation.

If you got divorced in the Netherlands

Did you get married and divorced in the Netherlands? In most cases, your lawyer will send the divorce decree to the municipality where you got married. The municipality will register your divorce if all conditions are met.

Do you live in a municipality other than the one in which you got married? After registering the divorce, your home municipality will be notified.

If you got divorced outside of the Netherlands

Did you get divorced abroad and live in the Netherlands?  If so, you will have to register your foreign divorce in the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database). You can do this at the municipality where you are registered.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Maastricht

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Last updated on 23 September 2022