Divorce Record - Divorce Decree Permanently Recorded
Find out how to access divorce record data for most states. Check the public divorce court files from many states plus where free divorce record data is available.
Divorce Court Records By County And State
Generally, a divorce record is filed in the county where the divorce occurred.
Most divorce records are public divorce record files which should disclose at a minimum basic information like the names and addresses of the divorcing parties, the date and place of the marriage and the names and birth dates of the children of the marriage.
The divorce records may also contain more vital financial information like tax returns, bank accounts (perhaps including account numbers and balances) and the identification and disposition of marital assets (such as cars, houses and stocks). If the divorce settlement involved child custody or child support issues, the divorce records should detail the type of custody or support mandated by the divorce decree. In many cases you should be able to find a free divorce record of the case that you are researching.
Online Divorce Data Resources
There are a number of online divorce resources that can give you the name of the office, address and telephone number of the county which keeps divorce records. By contacting that county office by telephone or in writing, you should be able to obtain the entire file of the divorce you are researching. If the county is not computerized, they may require that applications for divorce records be submitted in writing which will slow their response down to several weeks as opposed to several business days for computerized archives.
Occasionally, the county divorce record keeper may inquire the purpose of your request for divorce record information. If you anticipate the question, any number of answers should be satisfactory.
In most states divorce records are stored at both the state (central repository) and county levels. Some states, however, do not have a central state repository for divorce records. If there is no central repository, then your divorce record application will have to be made to the county office of the county where the divorce occurred.
There are many online divorce resources, some of which are free, that can provide you with divorce records simply based upon the name of the parties to the action. Of course, the more information you can provide (state or county where the divorce occurred, divorce case number, name(s) of children involved in the divorce etc.) the faster your divorce record search can be completed.
In many state jurisdictions, the divorce information is assembled under vital statistics for the state in question which also involve documentation for birth and death certificates.