Divorce records are pulled from local and state civil actions databases and provide a history of any recorded divorces.
Divorce Records in the United States
Divorces are specific to states and state law, not by the constitution or at the federal level. A divorce is a legal document after a couple has gone before a court of law to dissolve a marriage contract. Each state has its own laws governing how divorces may be granted, custody rules if children are involved, and how property is divided.
What Can You Expect to Find in a Divorce Record?
Divorce records are in the public record domain and are accessible through the state court level. Depending on the state, you can expect to find information on the date of marriage, date of divorce, reason cited for divorce, child custody decisions, asset division, alimony, financial settlements, restraining orders, and any related public information pertaining to the divorce.
Types of Legal Divorces
States generally divide divorces into two types: Absolute divorces and limited divorces. Divorces can also have "no-fault" designations. Absolute divorce is a judicial termination due to marital misconduct or a statutory after a marriage ceremony. An absolute divorce grants that both parties are immediately single again. States that have no-fault divorce grant an absolute divorce without fault or misconduct being necessary to claim.
A limited divorce varies more from state-to-state but is typically a separation decree. The marriage is not dissolved, but the right to cohabitate is terminated.