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Yes, divorce records are available to the public in the United States.
Both marriage and divorce records are public information and, in theory, anyone who’d like to see marriage and divorce records can view them. If divorce records were sealed by the judge presiding over the case, you probably won’t be able to access them.
It’s possible to access anyone’s divorce records from a personal computer or through the state’s Vital Statistics and Records division (or through its Department of Health). If you need divorce records in a hurry, using a private service to obtain them may be the fastest way to obtain them.
You will need to know where the divorce occurred to retrieve the information. In many cases, you can get divorce records at little to no cost. Alternatively, a private database service or the state in which the divorce is registered may charge a fee. Here’s more information about how to retrieve public divorce records:
Access Public Divorce Records Directly from the County, State or District
Before requesting divorce records, you will need to gather information about the divorced individuals. Know the full names of the people involved as well as the state and/or country in which the marriage was dissolved.
If possible, obtain the individuals’ birth dates because it’s possible that other people sharing the same name have also obtained a divorce in the same jurisdiction.
Access Public Divorce Records from a State Vital Records or Department of Health Office
Once you have basic information about the divorced couple, contact their state’s Vital Records or Department of Health.
In some areas, divorce records are maintained in the state’s Superior Court system. In some states, such as California, it’s necessary to contact the county Superior Court in which the divorce occurred. In other states, the divorce records may be filed in the county’s civil records or family law division(s).
Some helpful tips for retrieving public divorce records include:
• Do as much research as possible before contacting the court in which the divorce occurred.
• Contact the county clerk office of the county in which the divorce occurred. In some areas, all civil records of the county Official Records Index are maintained in this office.
• It can take some time getting a live person to help with your request for public divorce records in some situations. Frequently, the fastest way to get the divorce records you’re looking for involves sending a fax or certified request.
Public Divorce Records: Authorized or Informational Copies
In some states, it might not be possible for anyone other than one of the parties of the divorce to obtain certified records.
In most cases, parents of one of the named individuals or other entities or individuals as specified by law, such as governmental or agency representatives, law enforcement professionals, or as the result of a court order, can obtain an authorized divorce record.
If you aren’t legally allowed to obtain an authorized divorce record, you should be able to obtain an information divorce record:
• An informational copy usually includes all of the information available on the authorized divorce record.
• However, informational divorce records usually bear a highly visible legend that prevents the holder from using it to establish identity.
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