Marriage and Divorce
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If the marriage was concluded according to the regulations and procedures of the United States the marriage will also be recognized by Austria. For details please contact the local authorities (marriage celebrant, registry of births deaths and marriages). In order to register the marriage in Austria, the US marriage certificate needs to be certified with an Apostille.
Austrian nationals usually require a certificate of no impediment to marriage (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis) to marry outside of Austria. Please consult with the local authorities/marriage celebrant to verify which documents will be required. The Austrian Ehefähigkeitszeugnis has to be applied for at the relevant Austrian Vital Statistics Office (Standesamt) or at an Austrian Consulate, if the applicant resides in the US. The Austrian Standesamt at the place of residency (or last place of residency) of one or both partners has to issue the certificate of no impediment to marriage. If neither the bride nor the groom has ever lived in Austria, this certificate has to be applied for at the registry office in Vienna (Standesamt Wien-Innere Stadt) or at an Austrian Consulate.
In principle, the divorce of Austrian citizens issued by a U.S. court will be accepted by the Austrian authorities without any further complications. In general, divorced former spouses keep the family names they had during their marriage.
If, in the course of the divorce, you decide to change your name back to your former last name, please make sure that your intention to adopt a former family name is stated in the divorce decree issued by the U.S. court. Additionally the applicant must sign a Name Change Affidavit and apply for a new passport.
Please find more information also on www.help.gv.at.
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
Consulate Office Hours:
Monday through Friday,10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(except on Austrian and U.S. holidays )