You Have Options
You can never have too many options when you are trying to access certain documents. Some of the most popular ways to access divorce documents are as follows:
Search Court Websites
In order to make this search happen you are going to need certain information to be readily available.
- The full name of one of the individuals. If it is the female, the maiden name will be especially useful.
- The state and county where the divorce was filed. In most cases the state and county where a divorce is filed is one in which either party lives in.
- The date of the divorce. Not all jurisdictions require this, but some do. This may be difficult to get your hands on, so there is a range of dates you can choose from. It will just give you a lengthier search.
Once you determine the judicial circuit, your search will be much faster. This sounds super fancy and basically what it means is that you need to find the territory of the court the divorce was finalized through. Most states have far fewer judicial circuits than they have counties. Every state has a website where you can go to find a link to the court systems and narrow down your search to one circuit in the vicinity. Divorce records would typically be found under the family court section.
The Office of Vital Statistics
This is the most formal way to find divorce records, but it also takes a significant amount of time. The way to conduct this is as follows:
- Obtain basic information like the names of the parties, the state and county the divorce was in, and the date of the divorce.
- Contact the appropriate office. Visit the Vital Statistics office for the county where the divorce took place. If you don't know the county, you can contact the state's Vital Records Office. Reach out to them online, over the phone, or in person.
- These offices sometimes go by different names. For example, they might be called "Vital Records Offices" or "Public Health Offices" instead. Look in your phone book or check the county government's website.
- Submit a records request. The paperwork is often online. If not, stop into the office and complete the request form there. You generally need to pay a fee, but it is usually less than $20.
- Before submitting, check the form to see that you have included all requested information.
- Mail the form and payment to the address provided. Depending on the state, you might need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
- Wait for a response. Be prepared to wait anywhere from two weeks to six months before you receive a call that the paperwork is available for pick up. The paperwork might also be mailed to you.
- Though relatively easy, this approach takes longer than finding records online. This method is probably ideal only if the records are fairly old.
- Many states don't allow third parties access to the divorce decree, unless you are a close relative.
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- Enter a first name, last name, city, and state in the search bar.
- Click "search"
- It is that easy.
The Bottom Line
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