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How to Obtain Divorce Records

by Richard Kalinowski

Divorce records are important for getting remarried, settling property disputes with an ex-spouse, or performing background checks on potential employees. If you need to obtain divorce records, the procedure varies from state to state. However, in most regions the process is relatively similar, according to DivorceRecords.org. If you do not need official, notarized records, you can also locate most divorce records online.

Search online public records databases. Divorce records usually won't appear on most search engines, but niche public records sites can often dig up the necessary records. According to Divorce FAQ, some of the best free public records websites are searchsystems.net, publicrecordspro.com and publicrecordfinder.com.

Visit the County Court or Registrar Office to request official copies of the necessary divorce records. If you don't find what you need for free online, requesting and paying for official documentation is your best bet.

Ask for the proper forms to request divorce records. Listed on the form will be the requirements for making a formal request. In most states, you will need to furnish two forms of identification, such as a driver's license, passport or military ID. Additionally, you will have to pay a small fee.

Fill out the form and return it to the government office with required identification and payment. In a few states, only the divorcees are able to authorize the release of divorce records. If you are an interested third party, you may need the signature of one of the divorcees. If you are unable to obtain permission for the release of the divorce records, you will need to convince a judge that you have a vested interest in the divorce proceedings. If this is the case, hiring a lawyer to argue your case will ensure the best results.

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