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Colombia - proof of divorce

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I am collecting information to fill out the I-129f form for my fiance. (I am the petitioner)


My fiance was divorced some time ago. (originally a Catholic marriage). She has her birth certificate, on the back of the certificate is a handwritten statement saying she has been divorced. And then it has a notarized seal on it. Is this handwritten statement what I need to show she is divorced? Or there supposed to be something more official looking?


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If your fiancee never had a civil wedding than technically her marriage was not recognize by the state.  In Latin countries, at least in Mexico, you have to have a civil wedding for the marriage to be official, the catholic wedding is more of a religious cultural thing. 

Since she was married by the Catholic church she can not have another catholic marriage unless her marriage was properly annulled by the church which is a process I am not familiar with, I believe the marriage had to be annulled by the Vatican but the current Pope changed the process and now a local church official can do it. 

Take what I said with a grain of salt as I am more familiar with the divorce process in Mexico than I am with the process in Colombia.  If that is all that she has and is signed by a Notary than I would assume that its the only thing she needs.


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In Colombia, Catholic marriages must be registered with a notary to be valid, do not required a civil marriage. The notary seal will validate the divorcie in Colombia. Catholic marriages are not just a cultural thing in Colombia, as you might know majority of population is Catholic, so it is not as light at other countries. I am not a religious person myself.


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