Registration of divorce is the basis for termination of marriage.
The Georgian Consulate can only register divorce between citizens of Georgia or stateless persons with respective status in Georgia. Divorce can be registered on the basis of a joint application of the spouses, or - where a respective court decision exists - on the basis of an application of one of the spouses, provided that the marriage is registered by the competent authorities of Georgia.
Divorce is registered within 5 working days of filing an application. The registration of divorce and the issue of respective certificate are part of one and the same procedure.
It is mandatory to appear at the Consulate General of Georgia in person. Prior to appearing at the Consulate General, an appointment must be made.
A list of documents to be submitted:
1) Certificate of marriage;
2) If divorce is registered with the spouse recognized as missing or incapable – a valid court decision recognizing this person as missing or incapable;
3) If divorce is registered with the convict sentenced to at least 3 years in prison - a copy (abstract) of a valid court decision sentencing the person concerned to at least 3 years in prison;
4) If divorce is registered on the basis of a court decision – this court decision on divorce;
5) In case of registration by proxy – a proxy form and an ID card of a person acting as proxy;
6) A money order in the amount of $100 USD written out to the Consulate General of Georgia in NY.
Note: Any document issued by the authorities of any other country must be verified in a due manner, certified by an Apostille (List of issuing authorities of apostilles).
A special rule applies to court decisions of a foreign country, which, upon certification, are subject to acceptance by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Note: Any document issued by the authorities of any other country may be filed in Georgian, English or Russian. If the translation is provided by respective bodies of the foreign country, certification procedures indicated above will also apply to the translated copies of documents.
If the competent authority of a foreign country registers the fact of divorce, the consulate cannot re-register it except in special circumstances. For detailed information see Repeated Registration of Civil Status Acts.