We were ripped off !
I lived in Spain, met Natascha through our WordPress blogs and decided to get married. For medical reasons we agreed that the best option was for me to move to Graz which was quite a traumatic experience and expensive (€8000). Still, I made it to Graz and we have been together here since September 2017.
As Natascha was single, Austrian and lived locally in Graz she could have got married in the Graz Registrar immediately, but what we didn’t know was that there was a crazy local law which our lovely lady Registrar had to abide by. Because I was previously married and divorced in the last century, three documents of mine had to be legally scrutinised. Most of the rest of Austria couldn’t care less, just the word from the British Embassy in Vienna was enough for marriages of divorced people to go ahead in Registrar offices.
The last few months was hellishly emotional and expensive. It was all about the paperwork, nothing about humanity. I was told that it did not matter that the British government knew that I was single as I have been receiving a single person’s old age pension for a number of years and because of this stupid money grabbing law we have lost months of increased married pension. None of these offices and agencies had anything to worry about if I was secretly married to a dolphin trainer in the Gobi Desert in Tibet, as the only one who would be in trouble would be me. I knew that the documents were genuine from day one as they have been in my briefcase for decades. So what was the point of ripping us off for the tune of €820.37 inc. postage (similar amount in US dollars and UK Sterling). That money could have been used to buy Natascha a new laptop as her old tower computer is on its last legs. So we will have to wait.
It makes you wonder how many couples have pulled out from getting married in the Graz Registrar because of the excessive expense caused by this law. Luckily there is an Austrian Legal Ombudsman to whom I will link this post and I will also send this post to the UK newspapers. I hope that one day soon this law will be scrapped.
What follows is a breakdown of what happened and what we had to pay.
(This flow chart was created using draw.io (the link has been removed as the extension contains malware. Google Chrome has been informed) found on Google Apps.)
Oooops !. These 2 gifs didn’t work when I exported the flow chart as a PNG image. But you get the idea. Yes ?
I hope my adding up is correct. Some fees were paid in UK Pound Sterling. I used the exchange rate of 1 UK Pound = 1.14 Euros.
Ralph xox ❤
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