On November 11, Mr. Li Conghua of Guangzhou went to the Civil Affairs Bureau to register for marriage with his present girlfriend. When he took out his divorce judgment with his ex-wife to prove that he was single, civil affairs officials told him that this alone could not prove divorce.
Originally, the divorce judgment is not equal to the divorce certificate. Only when the divorce judgment and the corresponding judicial documents are effective, can it have the same legal effect as the divorce certificate.
On November 11, Mr. Li got up early, dressed neatly and went to pick up his girlfriend, Miss Liang, with great enthusiasm. They were going to register for marriage with Conghua Civil Affairs Bureau. Choose this day to receive a certificate, they have long discussed, in memory of the "Singles Day" farewell single.
Many people had been waiting in line for nearly an hour to get their certificates this day. Finally, it was Mr. Li's turn and Ms. Liang's turn. When providing information to prove that he was single, Mr. Li produced a divorce judgment of Conghua court. It turned out that Mr. Li was second married, and his ex-wife had already divorced in court.
However, the Civil Affairs Bureau staff said that a divorce judgment alone could not prove divorce and refused to register Mr. Li and Ms. Liang for marriage. Mr. Li is in a hurry. He has been divorced through court proceedings and divorce judgment. Why can't he prove that he is single?
Staff explained that there are two ways to prove the legal effect of divorce, one is the divorce certificate handled by the Civil Affairs Bureau, the other is the court's divorce judgment with the corresponding effective certificate. However, Mr. Li only has a divorce judgment and no proof of the validity of the judgment.
Mr. Li had to rush to Conghua Court to apply for a certificate of the validity of the judgment documents. In order not to delay Mr. Li's marriage, although he was off duty, the case handlers went to the archives office to check the files and issued a certificate. In the afternoon of the same day, Mr. Li and Miss Liang got their marriage certificates smoothly, and finally they were separated on Singles Day.
Judges of Conghua Court warned that many parties in divorce cases thought that as long as there were Divorce Judgments or mediation letters, they could prove that the marriage relationship had ended, which was not entirely correct. The divorce judgment or conciliation statement also needs to be accompanied by the validity certificate of the adjudicative document to prove that the adjudicative document has been legally effective.