french nationality

Naturalisation          from Reg Dickens    Resident in France for 40 years
     Divorced in the UK and married to a French woman for 45 years
Following brexit and having lived in france for some 40 years , married to a french lady , I decided in july 2016 to apply for french nationality .  Fear of the unknown perhaps ?
I submitted my " file "3 times  ( always something missing ) prior to it being accepted for further processing .    Finally in August 2017 I was interviewed by the local police  . who asked for information , not at all mentioned in the original application document . some 2 months later i was summoned to the Prefecture in Caen . Where even  more  information was  requested  .
My application was accepted . including the statement that  all of  the necessary documents had been provided . and the file would be passed on to the Ministry of the Interieur . 2 months on this ministry have  requested the original of my first marriage certificate ( I was divorced 45 years ago ) and also they want a copy of my divorce " certificate " . ( I have not kept these documents from more than 45 years ago )  I doubt also that my ex wife has copies either ;. Nowhere  in the prior documentation does this request appear . I do not understand why they need this     .They have an attestation of my marriage to my present wife ( french )   and of, course the decree nisi was presented to the registry office at that time .  I really do not have a clue how to obtain copies from the Church ? or the " divorce " authorities.
Has any other divorced person in the same circumstances  encountered  the same request and difficulties with their applications?

Hi Reg,

Copies of acte de mariage can be obtained online. Here's a link: https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/dali/index2.html. Just follow the instructions. This is free and will be sent to your desired address. As for your divorce papers, maybe your lawyer has a copy? Other option is to request at the registry.  You can make this request for a copy available on the site of the Ministry of Justice "justice.gouv.fr" under the heading Droits et démarches. Hope it helps! Good luck!

Cheers,
Jessie

From what I understood, OP was divorced in the UK...so he would need to address the relevant authorities in the UK to get a certified copy of his divorce decree.

Thanks Jessie for the rest of that info, I'm sure it's helpful otherwise.

Romaniac
Expat.com Experts Team

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