So on to the notary! That is not for free. A basic cohabitation contract costs €250. If you think that’s it, then you’re wrong. There will be at least another €150 for consultations, extras, and VAT. Also, our contract had to be provided with an apostille. The apostille is a kind of stamp that replaces the legalization. The ideal of course, because then you don’t necessarily have to go to The Hague to have your document legalized. So we had this done by the notary. There is only a small but important remark. An apostille can only be used for countries that have signed the Apostille Convention. So make sure, you check this! Unfortunately Malaysia is not part of the Apostille Convention and we found that out after we got the apostille…
Too bad this joke cost us another €75. And so we went to The Hague to have the document, which has meanwhile been translated into English by a sworn translator, legalized. After requesting a lot of quotations, we chose this translator. The costs were half as cheap compared to sworn translation agencies.
This website provides a lot of information about legalization for documents. You make sure that your document is handed in at the consular services center in The Hague before 12.30 p.m., you pay €10 and 20 minutes later it is ready for use. But wait, the apostille doesn’t apply to this country so who checks if the cohabitation contract is legal and official? Indeed, the consular services center doesn’t. You have to go to court first. The cost, €14.