California Divorce Records Search

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Every time a couple files for divorce in California, their information is considered public. Their California divorce records become easily available online so that those who need to see the records can do so with the simple click of a few buttons. The same goes for obtaining certified copies. These records, along with land records, marriage records, and other records are all a matter of public record. All personal information, such as Social Security Numbers and contact information, is kept private. However, California law allows anyone to view and obtain divorce records if need be. To begin your California Divorce Records Search enter a first and last name in the form above and click search.

Viewing California Divorce Records Online

The viewing process is simple. To see a California divorce record online, you need only spend a few minutes gathering the basic information.

– Names of the parties involved in the divorce
– County in which the divorce was granted

Once you have this information on hand, you’ll search the County Clerk website in the county where the divorce took place. It requires nothing more than entering only one name from the divorce into the search box to find the divorce certificate. If it’s not available, you’ll want to try a different spelling of the names on the divorce record or a different county. All divorce records are public, so they’re always available online.

Certified Copies of Divorce Records in California

The California Department of Public Health’s Vital Records department allows anyone to obtain a copy of a divorce record in California. They only way to obtain a copy of this record through this facility is by mail. Anyone in need of a divorce record from the vital records office must provide an application form, which is found on the department’s website. Certified copies are only available to the parties listed on the divorce record, their children, or their own parents. Otherwise, only informational copies are available to the general public.

– Your name
– Your address
– The names of the parties on the certificate
– The sworn statement
– $15 for each copy you request

This information is available online, and it’s to be mailed to the vital statistic’s office as listed on the application. The processing time for a copy using this method takes 3 to 6 weeks.

Copies can be obtained faster and in person by visiting the local California county clerk’s office or recorder’s office in the county where the divorce was granted. It’s imperative to keep in mind the fees in person might differ from those offered by the vital statistic’s office, and not all county clerk offices take the same methods of payment. Call to inquire about the details and the specifics, and be sure to bring with you a copy of your photo identification if you hope to receive a divorce record.

Obtaining a copy whether it’s certified or informational is a personal decision, but anyone is welcome to obtain either if they pay the fee and present the proper paperwork. Records are on file from as early as 1905, and records from before then are not available.

California Divorce Records Search


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Author: SQAdmin
Last Updated: December 16, 2017

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