Thank you. This question is not as uncommon as you may think. However, if you have been told, British embassies do not legalise foreign.
It is not just Spain that asks for this kind of legalisation but many countries throughout the world. Unfortunately, as I've explained in the paragraph above, they are asking for something which we don't do in the UK.
However, what you can do is swear a Statutory Declaration as to the validity of the marriage and any marriage certificate which you had as a result of the marriage ceremony.
The document would need to be drafted by a solicitor unless you have experience of drafting such documents, which is most unlikely. You would then need to take the statutory declaration to have it sworn by by a Notary rather than having it sworn by a solicitor. The reason for having it sworn by a Notary is that the document is going to be used in another country (Spain) and hence, they are likely to want it sworn in front of a notary and not just a solicitor.
Although I said that you could get the document drafted by a solicitor, you might want to speak to a Notary as you are more likely to get a Notary who has experience of dealing with this kind of legalisation document for you. It would then need taking to a different Notary for swearing as the person who drafts document is not also able to swear/notarise it.
Please note, that it is not the Notary that is saying the document is legal you that is swearing on oath that the document is legal and that the marriage was legal.
As I said before, this was cropped up on numerous occasions previously and I can tell that this is the only option for you.
When the document is Notarised the Notary will add a stamp to make the document look official.
Sometimes, the Spanish authorities will also ask for a certified translation. That could also be dealt with at the same time Whereby you would swear that the translated document is a true copy of the original.
Does that answer the question? Can I answer any specific points arising from this?
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