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For millions of German tourists and Germans resident abroad, the foreign missions are the most important link to Germany on all legal matters. You can find out more about the whole range of services on the following pages as well as on the websites of the German missions abroad.

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The Federal Foreign Office and the German missions abroad (embassies and consulates-general) are often asked for help when children are abducted across borders. The majority of such cases occur in the…

Abduction of children

Sometimes, even when abroad, Germans and foreigners may need to have documents certified or signatures or manual signs, transcripts or copies authenticated. Local notaries and authorities are not always able to be of assistance if the document in question is required in Germany.

Certifying documents

Foreign documents are often only recognised by the authorities of another state if their authenticity and evidentiary value have been confirmed by a special procedure. Procedures of international recognition have been developed to certify that documents were issued correctly by the competent agency.

International Recognition / Legalization of Documents

As globalization progresses, the number of “international” marriages grows. However, it should be remembered that marriage is, first and foremost, a legally binding contract which has many consequences and that additional requirements may have to be met if the ceremony is performed abroad.

International marriages

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