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I am a dual national, (American & German). I was married and subsequently divorced many years ago in the U.S. to an American. I am looking now to marry a German national. I was told, (not sure how true), that the certified copy of the divorce may need to be reviewed by the Amts Gericht (court), before I am allowed to marry in Germany. Additionally, they said it may be necessary to write officially to my ex and get his "permission". I do not understand if the divorce document is provided and is a certifed copy why this is necessary??!! Also, they said if I were to marry again in another country, then because I am a German national as well, I could be charged with bigammy. Is that really the case? Or would this just make matters difficult when I retire trying to show that the marriage from another country was indeed officially recognized in Germany?
Thank you for your assistance

Dear Maria,

The Standesamt is asking for the Anerkennung from the Landesjustizverwaltung. Unfortunately this is in your case necessary in order to get the permission to get married again. You can contact me at if you want to use my service to get the divorce degree anerkannt.

Carolin Burgess
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Carolin Schulz-Burgess


German legal issues on inheritance, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, last wills and testaments, and other problems involving international family and civil law.


I am a certified German laywer with professional experience in both German and American law firms. Since 2001 I have been working independently at my firm, German Legal Services. I have represented hundreds of clients on matters involving US-German legal issues. One of my firm's areas of specialization is in divorce and child support and custody issues between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and German civilians.

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I received my undergraduate and JD degrees both from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, whose law school is consistently ranked in the top 10 in Germany.

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