West Virginia Divorce Records

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West Virginia Divorce Records Search

West Virginia Divorce Records are the responsibility of the West Virginia Clerk of Circuit Court. This applies to each county where the divorce was finalized. Information on this can easily be obtained by contacting the Clerk of Circuit Court via phone, in person or through a written request.

It helps if you know how the court system of West Virginia works. The Circuit Courts have a general jurisdiction over all sorts of cases but they generally handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of courts. Family Courts, Magistrate Courts and Municipal Courts have very limited jurisdiction over specific cases. For an efficient search of records you can search by courts of county and request records from the county where the divorce proceedings took place.

The Health Statistics Center in Charleston West Virginia is responsible for issuing and archiving important issues for the state. Searches by mail and in person cost around $12 and also come with a certified copy. Additional searches in case there are no results are for $12 each for a three year period. Fax, internet and phone orders are ran through the online government approved VitalChek system. Requesting online costs a minimum fee of $30. If you request a rush order that would cost extra. You can call (304) 558-9100, fax at (304) 558-1787, or you can visit the Health Statistics Center for a walk in request at:

West Virginia Health Statistics Center
Room 165, 350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301-3701

Public records like birth, death, marriage and divorce documents are available here from the year 1917 till present day. If you cannot find the particular divorce records you are looking for you can always look for the divorce records at the Clerk of Court but only from the county where the divorce proceedings took place. The state of West Virginia also holds all vital records database for public access for genealogical purposes.

You can order a certified copy of the divorce documents from West Virginia VitalChek. The online process is fast, simple and secure; the best part is that it is a fully authorized portal that works with different agencies to provide users with vital records. You can even avail a rush order through here. VitalChek is a fast service without problems where they expedite help and ensure that you receive the certification as soon as you can, which is usually within a week?s time.

West Virginia Divorce Records
West Virginia Divorce Records

West Virginia Divorce FAQs

How Can I Get a Copy of My Virginia Divorce Certificate?

You can get a certified copy of your Virginia divorce certificate by contacting the county courthouse where your divorce decree was originally filed. Inquire online through the court's online court records portal or contact the clerk of the court to see if you can order a copy by mail or over the phone.

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  1. says:

    Eduardo, to obtain an official copy of your West Virginia divorce certificate you will want to reach out to the WV Department of Health and Human Resources. They can send you a certified copy for a fee and have it mailed to your address.

  2. says:

    I need a copy of my divorce decree, I think it was around 1984or 1985

  3. says:

    Angela, unfortunately we don’t have any information that we can share about your recent divorce. You can reach out to the clerk of the courthouse where you filed for your divorce to make your inquiry. It is not uncommon for the divorce filing process to be somewhat delayed because of the Covid19 outbreak as many West Virginia courthouse resources are limited at this time

  4. says:

    Hello, my name is Angela Hobbs and I’m trying to check the status of my divorce it’s been over 90 since I filed. Thank you

  5. says:

    Dena, you will want to reach out to the WV courthouse clerk where your divorce was processed to obtain a certified copy of your West Virginia divorce decree. There will be a nominal cost and a copy will be mailed to you. An even faster way to get an expedited copy of your WV divorce decree is to use the service VitalChek.com, there is a premium for this service but you will receive a copy of your WV divorce records much faster

  6. says:

    I need to get a copy of my divorce decree in 1992 can that be obtained by mail? What is the cost? Would I mail the request to the above address?

  7. says:

    Linda, that is a very unfortunate circumstance. How may we assist you? Are you interested in looking up Virginia divorce records or perhaps another public record search?

  8. says:

    Shawn David Lee has a Recividist criminal record, felony. Also was married to Deidre Lee, whom filed a 100 yr restraining order which was granted. I am and have grandparental rights. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia bipolar disorder and will not seek mental help. And is on A GPS House arrest Ankle bracelet, and also has defied orders. My only grandson in his custody, whom is 7 yrs old, and am now in custodial dispute. Shawn David Lee refuses treatment and is in denial, and his pattern of drug abuse and drug binges have been very consistent, plus has violent crimes. His pattern of drug binging and 10 overdoses, has been too consistent, cannot stay clean from abuse, 8 months is a pattern he has previously binged and deserted son over past 7 yrs. Am concerned for grandsons wellbeing and safety. Unfortunately the Family Law Judge, that ordered custodial rights, in past tried to be impeached from office, and is racist against women and has overlooked all issues and domestic violence, which Shawn David Lee has criminal record.

  9. says:

    Pam, our West Virginia divorce records only go back around 50 years and these are older than our divorce records database supports. You can also reach out to the Cabel county court clerk and inquire about getting a copy of this WV divorce record.

  10. says:

    I am looking to find a divorce decree (date) for Herman H Haeberle and Betty Lou Turner. They were married in Cabel County on July 22, 1951 and divorced prior to Feb 26, 1968 when she,Betty Lou Turner, married Frank H Watkins Jr in the same county.

    Can you supply me with a date so I can order a copy of the decree please?

  11. says:

    Suzanne, these are very old Virginia divorce records, much older than we keep in our Virginia divorce record database. They might be too old to find from the corresponding county courthouse as well. You might want to check with the Virginia state archives or use the resources of a Genealogy service.

    How to Find Very Old Virginia Divorce Records

    Very old Virginia divorce records can be challenging to find. A good place to start is searching through the Virginia state archives which keeps a record of life events such as marriage and divorce records. Another good place to research is using the resources of a genealogy service.

  12. says:

    Hello. I am looking for a divorce record for my great grandmother. Her maiden name was Rosa Florence Harmon (born – 18 Aug 1869 in Putnam County, WV). She married Burwell Wayne Clay on 25 May 1887 in Charleston, WV. Burwell Wayne Clay died about Jan. 1903 in West Virginia. On or about 29 Oct 1907, Rosa married Clifford Jackson Baughan in Gallia, Ohio. Sometime after Sept. 1918 and before Jan. 1920, Rosa divorced Clifford Baughan. I do not know where she obtained the divorce. Do you have a record of this divorce? Thank you in advance.

  13. says:

    To obtain an official copy of your W.Virginia Divorce Record you will want to reach out to the court where your W.Virginia divorce decree was filed and request a copy from the courthouse clerk. You will need the approximate dates of the divorce as well as proof of identification an there will be a small fee for each WV divorce record copy that you need.

  14. says:

    I was diorced in Charleston in or around 1974,I went thru legal aid and I am needing a copy of the divorce papers,how can I find this?

  15. says:

    In order to acquire a certified copy of your West Virginia divorce decree you will need to reach out to the West Virginia courthouse where your divorce decree was filed. You can request a copy of this online, over the phone, by mail or in person. The fastest way to obtain this is in person but if that’s not an option then you can receive a copy via mail but it may take a few weeks to receive it.

    How Do I Get a Copy of My West Virginia Divorce Decree?

    1. Contact the courthouse clerk where your divorce was filed
    2. Request a copy of your W.Virginia divorce decree
    3. Provide identification and the approximate divorce dates
    4. Pay the fee for a certified copy of your divorce decree
    5. Processing may take a few weeks by mail

  16. says:

    Need a copy of my divorce decree Travis Wolfe Crystal wolf back on 2007

  17. says:

    Nancy, in order to obtain a copy of your West Virginia divorce decree there are a few options. You can contact the West Virginia CDC to obtain WV divorce records, you can contact the WV courthouse clerk where your divorce was filed or you can use a 3rd party certified record service called Vital Check

    Get a Copy of Your West Virginia Divorce Certificate

    1. Contact the West Virginia CDC in person
    2. Contact the courthouse clerk where your divorce was filed
    3. Use 3rd party certified resources such as Vital Check

  18. says:

    I need a copy of my divorce. It was Dec 1999 or Jan 2000 in charleston West Virginia. I live out of state. Name was Nancy Giacalone

  19. says:

    Thanks for reaching out Jennifer. Unfortunately these are old divorce records so we do not have them in our West Virginia divorce record database. Our divorce records typically only go back 50 years. That being said, you can reach out to the West Virginia State Archives and request a copy of your grandmother’s divorce record.

  20. says:

    I am looking for information on my grandmother’s divorce. Her name was Alice Evangeline Cooper (1898-1964) and her first husband’s name was Kelsey Albert Sevy (1897-1978). They were married 4 August 1923 • Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia, USA. I believe they were divorced between 1923-1925. Would you happen to have either their marriage or divorce records? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time.

  21. says:

    Unfortunately we don’t have any information about your Grandfather or his first wife. These marriage and divorce records are older than 50 years, which is the limitation of our West Virginia Divorce Records Database. You can also check with the West Virginia State Archives, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources or VitalCheck.com ( a common resource used by state agencies )

  22. says:

    My Grandfather, George Washington Moody was married in about 1897 in Greenbrier County. I have been unable to find any information regarding his first wife (name unknown). Records indicate in the 1910 census he was married. Are any marriage or divorce records on file in your office. I am attempting to write a genealogical history of my family.

Last Updated: 2017-01-04

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