Notarizing Divorce Documents

During the course of a divorce, both sides normally submit a number of affidavits concerning various facets of the action. Most of these are considered sworn statements, and most are made under the pain of perjury. The affidavits must be notarized.

Notarization is the “act of witnessing” by the notary public in accordance with specifications of state law. Notarization involves signed documents and requires the notary to ensure the signer’s identity and willingness to sign. Notarization of a document detect and deter fraud when the proper steps of notarization are followed, but notarization does not prove the truthfulness of statements in the document, legalize or validate the document, or by itself protect a person’s rights to his/her artistic creations or inventions.

Normally, the notary uses a stamp or seal, with his or her name, the words “Commission Number” followed by the number, and the phrase “My Commission Expires” followed by the expiration date or a blank line to write in the date. The notary signs below a line saying, “Sworn to Before Me.” Most lawyers have a notary in the office. Many banks have a notary on staff. Usually the notary charges a small fee for the service.

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