The records are available for ordering through the Louisiana court clerk’s office of the parish where the divorce took place. It is a good idea to call the office when using this method to obtain the records. There is a fee for the search as well as the copy and this fee changes periodically. The search fee is nonrefundable regardless of whether the records are found. The clerk can provide you with the current fee.
When contacting the court clerk’s office for the records there is certain information that must be provided. Additional fees are charged if all information is not included and the search may be denied if there is not enough information. In Louisiana the person requesting the records must be one of the following.
You will need to provide official proof of your relation to either of the people who divorced. If you cannot, the request will probably be denied.
When requesting Louisiana Divorce Records, you will need additional information. Although the divorce records are generally filed using the husband’s name, you will need the wife’s married and maiden name, the parish where the divorce was file and the date filed, the date the divorce was final, and a certificate number.
If you are not sure about divorce dates, you should include a time frame using the shortest number of years possible. Include your phone number in case the clerk needs to contact you for more information. You should also say why the records are needed. Two to ten business days are standard for the search unless it is for genealogical purposes that may take longer.
Other than requesting Louisiana Divorce Records by mail, you can perform a search online for the records. Some heritage sites will provide records if you are a member of the site or for a fee. There are other sites that charge a fee to search for these records. The report may or may not include the full divorce record. You can search by the name and a list of people by that name will be provided. The list will include known relatives and approximate age to help you narrow down the search.
Many Louisiana public records are available online by going to the parish court clerk’s website but divorce records must be requested in writing. This is the only way to get an official divorce certificate in Louisiana. Although the Freedom of Information Act has made many records available to the public. Louisiana is one state that has ?privacy rights laws? that get around releasing all public records, one of which is divorce.