How to Find Divorce Records

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Learn How to Locate a Divorce Record

Getting a divorce is not as simple as cutting up your wedding certificate. It requires one or both parties to petition the courts for a divorce decree. Once the parties have come to an agreement or the judge issues his judgment, the divorce is finalized, and both parties receive a certified divorce certificate. This certificate serves as proof that the divorce is official. If you have lost your official certificate, or you are looking for information about another person’s divorce, these records are available; you just have to know where to look.

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Who Has Access to Divorce Records

Divorce certificates are considered public records, which means that anyone has access to the details within the records. The only exception is if the courts seal some or all of the divorce proceedings. This can happen for a variety of reasons, for example, to protect the names of domestic violence victims or to protect sensitive information, such as financial data. The state of New York is the only state that automatically seals all divorce records for 100 years.

Even if parts of the divorce records are sealed, you typically can still find basic information such as the date when the divorce was finalized. However, it is important to note that only the parties involved in the divorce and their immediate family members (in the case of a death) can request a certified copy of the divorce. Other requestors only receive a copy of the record itself.

Why Someone Might Need Divorce Records

There are several reasons why you might want to request a certified copy of your own divorce records, including:

  • You want to change your name.
  • You want to get remarried.
  • You need proof of visitation schedule for school or police.
  • You want to start child support or alimony withholding.
  • You need it for income tax purposes.
  • You need to transfer property.
  • You need it for creditors.

There also are several reasons why you might want to obtain divorce records for another person, such as:

  • For probate court after the death of one of the parties in the divorce
  • To check marital status of a partner
  • For family history

What Information Is on Divorce Records

If you gain access to the complete divorce records, you will have all the information pertaining to the divorce, including the full names and dates of birth of both parties, the county and state they were married in, the county and state they were divorced in, the official date of the divorce, reason for the divorce, and any judgments ordered by the courts, such as child custody, child support, alimony and division of property.

If any portions of the divorce record are sealed, or you are not authorized to gain access to the entire record, you still should be able to find the full names of both parties, the date of the divorce and the county and state where the divorce took place.

How to Find Divorce Records

There are several ways you can find divorce records, but before you start searching, you will need a few pieces of information, including the names of both parties in the divorce, their dates of birth (if available) and the county and/or state where the divorce was finalized.

  • Your Attorney: The easiest way to secure a copy of your divorce records is to contact your attorney. All attorneys store these records for many years after the divorce is finalized. Keep in mind that this will only be a copy of the divorce records and not a certified copy.
  • County Office: If you know the county and state where the divorce was finalized, you can check with that county’s Clerk of Courts office. You can make this request in person or by phone. Some counties also have an online service that allows you to make this request through its website. You will be required to complete a request form that includes basic information about the divorce, your name and the purpose of the request. You may incur a nominal fee for these services. The county office can provide a certified copy of the divorce certificate to authorized requestors.
  • State Vital Records: If you are not sure which county the divorce was finalized in, you can request these records at the state level. You should contact the Department of Vital Records in the state where the divorce took place. This can be done in person, by phone or online. Just like at the county level, you will need to complete a request form that includes all pertinent information and pay the required fee. The state also offers certified copies of the divorce certificate.
  • Online Third-Party Site: If you do not need a certified copy, and you want the records as fast as possible, you can use a third-party online website. Typically, you can receive your results within just minutes through the online vendor. SearchQuarry.com is third-party website where you can find divorce records. Search by name to find divorce records online for free with Search Quarry.
  • Historical Society: If you are searching for divorce record for genealogy purposes, you should check with the historical society in the county where the divorce took place. These local chapters typically have vital records, such as divorce records, dating back 100 years or more.

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94 responses to “How to Find Divorce Records

    1. Hello Robin,

      I can certainly help you out with a divorce records search online. I will need more information to proceed. Can you give me the state where you were divorced and a middle name so we can refine the search. There are many records for people with the same first and last name. You can also check with the county court clerk in the county where you received your divorce.

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

      1. Need to know if I’m actually divorced through news paper. My husband published it in paper, I think. His name is:. Glen Clyde. We married 2001 in Idaho.

  1. I am trying to find divorce records for my grandparents. I think around 1940, Peter J Marinich & Josephine Zeleznickar Marinich, I think they were still living in PA around Wilkes Barre or Forest City. Thank you

    1. Hello Joanna,

      We don’t show any divorce records for your grandparents in our database but we do show some records in Arkansas and Ohio for a Peter J Marinich. Do you know his approximate age so we can do some more research. There are multiple people with the same name. It is also possible that the divorce record is too old to be in our resources. You might want to also contact Archives.gov which is a national repository for all public records. They store and archive marriage and divorce records for a lot longer than our resources do. The second option on How to Find Divorce Records Online is to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health. They control and archive marriage and divorce records for all of Pennsylvania.

  2. Hi, I’m looking for my fiancee’s divorce record but cannot find it. He’s having trouble locating it as well. His full name is Jonathan Anthony McDermott and he was divorced in Queens county, NY. He cannot remember the precise divorce year so the range is sometime between 1997-1999. He will be 46 years old in a few months. Thanks!

    1. Vicky,

      Unfortunately we don’t have a divorce record for your fiancee in our database resources. Your best bet is to contact the Queens county court clerk to find the divorce information your’re looking for. Additionally the Queens county court, NY, can provide a certified divorce record copy. Our divorce records information is for online reference only.

      Please reach out if there is anything else we can assist you with.

    1. Mike,

      We can assist you with how to find divorce records but first we’ll need some more information. Can you provide us with the state and county of residency and the approximate age of the person in question.

      How Can I Get a Certified Copy of My Divorce Records

      1. Get the full name of the person and state and county of residence
      2. Contact the State Department of Heath and Vital Records
      3. See if you can obtain a Certified copy. Sometimes only immediate family can do this
      4. Fill out the divorce request form and pay the nominal fees

    1. We don’t see any divorce records for Manek in our database. Below is how you can obtain divorce records via the New York Department of Health website.

      How to Get a Copy of a New York Divorce Record

      1. Visit the New York Department of Health Website
      2. There are 2 types of divorce records to choose from
      3. Decide if you want a divorce decree or divorce certificate
      4. Only a spouce or a court order can get a divorce certificate
      5. Fill out the form to obtain divorce information
      6. Pay the $30 fee for the divorce record copy

  3. He was married breifly 36 yrs ago believes he got divorce no proof tho how can i find out if my marriage is leagal

    1. Lisa,

      We can certainly search our database resources for a divorce record but we will need some more information first. Can you provide his full name, including middle, age and state and county of residency. Divorce records are recorded on a state and county level and many people have the same first and last name so any additional information you can provide will help us track down any available divorce records for you. The other option is to contact the county court clerk where you think the divorce took place and they can assist you as well.

      As far as your marriage goes you will want to verify with the court where you filed your marriage certificate to verify the legitimacy of your marriage. Without more information we cannot provide you with specifics on how to verify marriage and divorce records.

      How To Find Out If My Divorce Is Finalized

      1. Contact the county courthouse where the divorce record was filed
      2. Search courthouse records by phone or by the court public records terminal
      3. Ask the county court clerk to verify a divorce filing via phone or in person
      4. Verify the names and dates on the divorce record for accuracy

  4. How can I find out if my spouse was ever married in the state of New Jersey? We were married in Pa and I still currently reside in Pa.

    1. Mandi,

      If you can provide us with your spouses full name, age and state and county of residence we can lookup this information in our divorce records database for you. The other option is to contact the New Jersey Department of State and perform a vital records search.

      How To Find Marriage and Divorce Records in New Jersey

      1. Contact the New Jersey Department of State
      2. Click on the Vital Records search tab and search by name
      3. If you know the county where the marriage took place search by county
      4. You can also contact the NJ Department of Health and contact the county clerk

  5. HI Im trying to look up divorce and any other public records for Jose Miguel Morales. Hes in Selma, NC but from Dos Palos, CA. I tried to go online at the Wake County page and I cannot find where to obtain them other than to go in the court house or call cleark of deeds. Can you help me go about this online?

    Thank you!

    1. Ally,

      We checked our North Carolina divorce record database and id not find any divorce or marriage records for Miguel Morales. We also searched our general public records database for Miguel in North Carolina and didn’t find any results. Is it possible that his primary residence is in another state? If so we will need more information to perform a nationwide divorce records search since there are many people with the same first and last name. If you can provide us with his middle name, age and previous addresses we can potentially find his public records for you. Your best chance is to contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Vital Records office.

      How To Lookup North Carolina Divorce Records

      1. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Vital Records Website
      2. Request a copy of a Divorce Certificate
      3. You will need identification to get a certified divorce certificate
      4. Processing time takes up to 5 weeks

  6. Hello, I am trying to find out the divorce date of Dee Ann Adams in Barstow California sometime in the timeframe of 1980 – 1983. She is 61 years old now.

    Thanks!

    Roxanne

      1. Roxanne,

        We do not show a divorce date for Dee Ann Warren’s divorce in our database. Is it possible that she was divorced in another state? We do show records for that name in other states but we’ll also need her middle name to verify this information. You can also check with the County Court that issued the Divorce Decree.

        How to Lookup Divorce Records in California

        1. Contact the California county court that issued the divorce decree
        2. Request a certified or non certified copy of the divorce record
        3. Fill our the divorce record request form
        3. Pay the fee for the divorce record copy
        4. It can take up to 3 days to process your order

  7. I am looking for an annulment or divorce record for Barbara Jean Baldwin, married to John Gardner Adams II on July 29 1972, probably in Prince George Co, MD. The divorce or annulment would be probably in late 1972 or 1973. Can you help me?

    1. Carol,

      We don’t show the divorce or annulment in our database for Barbara in Maryland. Is it possible this divorce took place in another state? Below are instructions on how to obtain a Maryland Divorce Certificate

      How to Get a Divorce Certificate in Maryland
      1. Contact the Maryland Division of Vital Records
      2. Fill out the Divorce Verification Form
      3. Provide identification or a court order for a certified copy
      4. Pay the $12 fee for a copy of the divorce decree
      5. Processing can take several days

  8. Hello, I am looking for just the divorce date of my parents. They were married in Mississippi 1957, Not sure where divorce was. She lived in New Orleans 1960.
    Irving Frederick Hennings and Irene Elizabeth Hennings

    1. Charolette,

      We searched our database for Louisiana divorce records and could not find your parents divorce. We will need the state in which they received their divorce decree in order to locate their divorce records as they are recorded on the state level. If the divorce was more than 50 years ago then these records might not exist in our resources. You should also check with the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Louisiana Department of Health to inquire about this divorce.

    1. Samy,

      We do not have a divorce record decree for you in our database resources. Your best bet is to go to the California county superior court that issued the divorce decree and talk to the county court clerk for a certified copy.

      How To Get a Copy of My Divorce Records

      1. Visit the County Courthouse where you received your divorce decree
      2. Inquire with the County Courthouse Clerk for a certified copy of your divorce decree
      3. Prepare to show ID and pay the fee for the certified copy

  9. I have been divorced for one year next month but have yet to see the decree, is there any way you can help me find my divorce records, I have looked everywhere?
    Thanks in advance,
    Vikki B.

    1. Vicki,

      We will need you full name and state and county where you originally received your divorce decree.

    1. Eva,

      In order to find out if your husband filed for divorce in Fresno California you will want to contact the Fresno superior court and talk to the courthouse clerk. They will be able to let you know if a divorce decree has been filed.Fresno superior court

  10. Trying to find my fathers divorce decree. He passed away. Im guessing he filed in either California or North Carolina. 1967 or 1968 His name William Henry Moore

    1. Michelle,

      Since the California or North Carolina divorce decree you are looking for is that old you will need to contact the relevant state archives to obtain a copy of the divorce decree.

      California Divorce Decree

  11. I am looking for a date of divorce and nothing more. This is for Kevin C Berthelsen and was married in Jackson County Mo. should be around 1989-1991.

    1. Briana,

      We don’t show any Missouri divorce decree dates in our database resources. You might also want to check with the Missouri Department of Health and Vital Records as they manage the divorce records for the state of Missouri. You can also contact your Missouri county courthouse clerk.

      How To Request Missouri Divorce Records

      1. Contact the Missouri Department of Health & Vital Records in person
      2. Request an official copy of your divorce decree
      3. Present your photo ID and pay the relevant fees
      4. Processing of your divorce decree can be same day if requests are made by 3pm

  12. Did my husband, Glen Clyde, file and obtain a divorce me, Marilyn B Perez-Clyde in King County, Seattle, Wa?

    1. If you can provide us with the state and county and the full name of the people of interest we can certainly assist you with looking up divorce dates.

      You can also check with the local county court clerk or Department of Health and Vital Statistics

  13. I am trying to obtain proof of my divorce 37 years ago so I can get my social security after retiring. I still live in Knoxville TN, where I lived at the time of divorce.

    1. Carolyn Shelton,

      We are happy to assist you with looking up a divorce record however our resources are for online reference only. If you need an actual copy of your Tennessee divorce decree or divorce records you will want to contact the Tennessee Department of Health and Vital Records.

      How To Find Divorce Records in Tennessee

      • Contact the Tennessee Department of Health and Vital Records
      • You can request a copy of divorce records by in person, online or by mail
      • Online divorce record certificates are serviced by a 3rd party company called Vital Check
      • Processing times vary depending on the method of obtaining a divorce certificate copy
      • Copies of Tennessee Divorce Certificates are $15 each

    1. We do not show a divorce record for Javier Valencia Calderon in our divorce record database. Was this a recent divorce? You might also want to check with the Deschutes County Court Clerk as they are the keepers for all the public records in Deschutes County Oregon.

  14. I am looking for my year of divorce. My maiden name is Maryanne McGurk, married name Murray, age 46. My ex-husband’s name is Scott Murray (now 47 years old). We were married and divorced in Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia County. I believe the year would be around 2005.

  15. I need the date of my divorce to apply for a passport. Can’t find the original and don’t need a copy. Judith A Boyd and Jeffrey L Boyd. Married June 2001. Divorced approx 8 years later, Lancaster Pa.

  16. i am trying to file for widows benefits from social security. they tell me i have to have a divorce record from my hubsands first wife. I cannot find it. His name was Odie Rhinehart. He was born in Henderson County Texas as I belive his first wife was. I belive the wedding took place in Texas. She left and went op north somewhere and several years later filed for divorce. He received paper which he signed and sent back. I belive he ewceived the completed divorce papers back. She later remarried. We had a house fire and lost papers so now I am having to try to get papers I need. The divorce I think took place in the 80’s I remenber her first name as Effe. His birth date as 11/27/32 but she as younger. I know it sounds funny but I think the divorce took place in a state that began with a M. Can you help me I am despirate. Thank you

    1. You will need to contact the relevant state agency to obtain official copies of divorce records. In your case it seems like contacting the state archives would be your best bet unless you know for certain what county the divorce took place in. Below are a few ways to find divorce records, hopefully this information help you to obtain your social security benefits.

      4 Ways to Lookup Old Divorce Records

      1. Contact the state archives for copies of old divorce records
      2. Visit the county court clerk in the courthouse your divorce took place
      3. Visit the Vital Check website and inquire about divorce records
      4. Contact the state Department of Health and Vital Records

      1. How Do I Find Out If My Divorce is Finalized?

        1. Go to the Courthouse website where your divorce took place
        2. Search your divorce records by name
        3. Verify if the divorce is finalized
        4. You can also ask the courthouse clerk for assistance

    1. We are happy to assist you with locating your divorce records. Is there any particular information you’re looking for ( ie. when or where ) or do you need an official copy of your divorce record or divorce decree?

    1. If you can provide us with the full name, including middle, and age and state and county of residence we can help you find the divorce records you’re looking for.

  17. Please help me. I need a copy of my divorce decree. Filed under Thomas Lynn Brown, Birthday date 4/24/54. Divorce finalized in August 1995. Attorney Name Brad Nance. Dallas TX Courts. My name was (at the time of divorce) Marian Avitus Brown. Lived on Victoria Dr, Garland TX. I am remarried, name now Avitus Cox.
    Thomas lives in Pipe Creek TX.

    1. If you need an official copy of your Texas divorce decree you will want to contact the Dallas county court clerk to obtain this. The will put their official stamp on the divorce decree so that you will be able use your divorce decree for official purposes.

      Dallas County Court Clerk Contact Information

      Address: 1201 Elm Street, 21st and 22nd Floor, Dallas, TX 75270
      Phone: (214) 653-7099 • Fax: (214) 653-7176
      Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

  18. Trying to get a copy of my fiances divorce records. His name is Gregory Eugene Tellis and was married to Sebrena Ann Atwater-Tellis on or around January 27, 2010

    1. Divorce records are managed on a county and state level. In order to get an official copy of a divorce record you will want to contact the county court clerk where the divorce took place and request a copy. Typically you will need to show proof of ID and pay a nominal fee. Processing may take several weeks depending on the county the divorce took place in. Below is a link to our Free Courthouse Finder to better assist you.

      Click here to lookup county courts by state and county

  19. I’m trying to help my son,Charles James Hensley 22 years of age,find out if his divorce is final. Could you help me for him?

    1. We don’t show any information in our divorce record database for the person you mentioned. Your best bet to find out this divorce information is to contact the County Courthouse Clerk where the divorce took place. The court clerk can better assist you with finding out if this divorce has been finalized.

  20. I’m trying to get the date of my divorce, which I need to get a passport. I believe it was in 2008? I’m not sure of the month.
    Darrell Yates
    Dakota County
    Minnesota

  21. I got divorced 20 years ago in montgomery TN I never revieved a copy of the degree that I am aware of it was so long ago I have been trying for weeks to find out the actual date the divorce was final I can’t find anything or anyone who will help

    1. Your best option in obtaining a copy of your Tennessee Divorce Record is to contact the Tennessee county courthouse clerk where your divorce took place, or the Tennessee Secretary of State office. They can better assist you with obtaining a certified copy of your Tennessee divorce decree.

    1. In order to find out if your divorce is finalized you will want to contact the relevant county courthouse clerk where your divorce decree was filed

  22. Hi, we are researching my husbands family and found out that is grandfather was married with 1 child before he married his grandmother.
    I have the date if divorce (7/2/45) ma#289-039 and Jefferson county kentucky.
    The grandfather’s name was Lyle Edell Willis, but can not find the bride’s name.
    I don’t even know where to start.

  23. My sister can’t find her divorce records at the court house or the newspaper, can you help? Her husband’s name was Harold Eugene Wright and her name is Michelle. They were divorced in Batesville Mississippi, Panola County. In 1986 or 1987?

    1. We do not show any divorce records in our divorce records database for the people you mentioned. Typically you can obtain a copy of a divorce decree from the court where the divorce took place. Try and contact the county courthouse clerk where the divorce took place and inquire about what your options are. Since you are immediate family you should be able to access your sister’s divorce record without issue.

  24. I have reason to believe my ex-wife is lying to me about her current address and marital status. She lives in Clinton, Connecticut with my daughter who I recently found out is enrolled in a school an hour north of the last known address I have. Her name is Kristen Ellyn Eveland (Lewis maiden).

    1. Are you looking for a divorce record or a current address? Please offer us some more specifics so we can better assist you

  25. I need information on my divorce such as the records and I am from West Virginia. Boone County, WV

    1. In order to get a certified copy of your divorce records you will want to contact the County Courthouse Clerk where your divorce decree was filed. They will be able to assist you with obtaining an official copy of your divorce records.

      How to Find Divorce Records is the same for most states and counties in the United States. Contact the courthouse clerk where your divorce was processed and request a copy of a divorce record. You will need to supply your full name, date of divorce and proof of identification. Then you will pay the relevant fee for a copy of your divorce record and processing may take several weeks depending on how you obtain the records.

    1. We are not seeing the exact divorce date for you Jeff. To find the exact date of your divorce you can also contact the county courthouse clerk where you filled your divorce papers and inquire about this.

      How To Find My Divorce Date

      Contact the county courthouse clerk where your divorce papers were filed. Provide your full name and approximate date of your divorce and as much relevant information as possible. The court clerk should be able to provide you with the divorce date without filling out any paperwork.

  26. I’m looking for a divorce record for Jesus Alejandro Bonilla DOB 11/27/1989 and Ashleigh Rose Bonilla DOB 1/29/1988

    1. We can offer you divorce information for the people you’ve mentioned however it is for reference only. If you would like us to run the a divorce record for you we will also need the state of residency for the people in question.

      If you want an official copy of a divorce record then you will need to contact the county courthouse clerk where the divorce took place. You will then need to submit a formal request and pay a nominal fee for the official divorce record copy.

    1. We can certainly help you locate your divorce record with the divorce date however, in order to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate you will need to contact the courthouse clerk where your divorce certificate was processed. They are the managing state agency that handles the issuance of official divorce certificates and divorce documents

  27. I am trying to get a copy of my divorce decree. I don\’t know the exact date. It was in the spring of 1988. It was granted in either Broome county or Brookhaven county New York. Former spouses name is Douglas E Neilson.

    1. We can certainly assist you with finding out How to Find Divorce Records in New York. In order to obtain a copy of your divorce decree you will want to contact the various county courthouse clerks and request a copy of your divorce decree. They should be able to locate your divorce record with the information you provided us.

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