When filing paperwork for a divorce you will need to include your original marriage certificate. It will not be returned to you unless you specifically request it before or after filing your papers.
Before filing for your divorce
If you are filing jointly with your spouse then you can include an order to return your marriage certificate in your Notice of Joint Family Claim Form F1 in section 10 “Other”.
In sole filings, you can include the order for the return of your marriage certificate in your Notice of Family Claim F3 with Schedule 5 – Another Order in the “The Claimant’s claims” section.
After filing for your divorce
If you did not request the return of your marriage certificate before filing your paperwork with the registry then you can request its return using a Notice of Application Form F31, supported by an Affidavit Form F30.
Sometimes leave is given to file divorce paperwork without a marriage certificate. The registry cannot create new marriage certificates and can only return one if they are in possession of it.
- Supreme Court family forms - BC Government
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