Birth Certificate – part 1

April 10th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

So, my boyfriend realised that he doesn’t actually have his birth certificate.  Lovely.

We can’t contact his parents as they are on holiday at the moment. Lovely. Oh well, it’s not as if we need it urgently or anything.

So much paperwork…

April 7th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

So, it is all on again. Or it will be when we get all our paperwork together.

Want to know what is needed when you want to get married in Germany? (bearing in mind that I’m German myself which makes things slightly easier)…

For me this included a new certified copy out of the register of births back in Germany, a copy of my passport, proof of address by way of utility bill and a completed form of authority so my brother may attend the Registrar’s office on our behalf and make the formal application.

For my boyfriend however this included a certified copy of his passport, his original birth certificate with Apostille, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (yep…), proof of address (again) and the same authority for my brother.

Once all that was together, the birth certificate and Certificate of No Impediment will have to be translated by a sworn translator in Germany.  Only then can my brother attend the Registrar’s office.  And then all the paperwork goes to the court (Oberlandesgericht) to be approved, which can take up to six weeks.

During all this time our appointment will not be official.  That is because only once the paperwork has been approved by the courts, is the Registrar able to confirm the appointment.  Although the very helpful lady at the Registrar Office was prepared to “reserve” the appointment, that was just about as far as she could go…this means that we could still lose our booking.  No pressure then.

For now all we can realistically do is to apply for the Certificate of No Impediment from the Australian Embassy in London. This weekend is Easter though, so Monday is a bank holiday, but at least we can send off the application so it would be at Australia House first thing Tuesday.

My boyfriend seems to think that he has his birth certificate filed away somewhere, failing that we hope that his mum still has a copy back in Australia.

It’s back on again (almost)

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Didn’t really get much done at work today…

I had a reply (after nearly two weeks) from someone at the Registrar Office in Germany. I also had an email from my brother saying that someone from the Registrar Office had called him and could I please give him a call.

Long story short, they hadn’t ignored my emails but they simply couldn’t accommodate a double appointment that needed a translator present.  My brother’s wedding will be taking place at 11:30am on the day.

However, there is an appointment available at approximately 9:00 am that same morning and if I was interested, could I please make contact as soon as possible.

Was I?? The rest of the day was spent calling the Registrar Office, my brother and my boyfriend a number of times.

If we wanted the appointment, there was all of a sudden a fair amount of paperwork to sort out. As we don’t live in Germany, our wedding needs to be approved by the Courts and this alone could take up to six weeks.  This is six weeks AFTER we get all our respective paperwork together, some of which will have to be requested from Australia…