How to Find Divorce Records

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Learn How to Locate a Divorce Record

Getting a divorce is not as simple as cutting up your wedding certificate. It requires one or both parties to petition the courts for a divorce decree. Once the parties have come to an agreement or the judge issues his judgment, the divorce is finalized, and both parties receive a certified divorce certificate. This certificate serves as proof that the divorce is official. If you have lost your official certificate, or you are looking for information about another person’s divorce, these records are available; you just have to know where to look. Being able to answer the question of how to find divorce records online can save you a lot of time, otherwise wasted, by making an appointment with the court clerk. Another option is to use the Vital Check resource, which is used by many government agencies for looking up vital records and divorce records online.

Who Has Access to Divorce Records

Divorce certificates are considered public records, which means that anyone has access to the details within the records. The only exception is if the courts seal some or all of the divorce proceedings. This can happen for a variety of reasons, for example, to protect the names of domestic violence victims or to protect sensitive information, such as financial data. The state of New York is the only state that automatically seals all divorce records for 100 years.

Even if parts of the divorce records are sealed, you typically can still find basic information such as the date when the divorce was finalized. However, it is important to note that only the parties involved in the divorce and their immediate family members (in the case of a death) can request a certified copy of the divorce. Other requests only receive a copy of the divorce decree record itself.

Why Someone Might Need Divorce Records

There are several reasons why you might want to request a certified copy of your own divorce records, including:

  • You want to change your name.
  • You want to get remarried.
  • You need proof of visitation schedule for school or police.
  • You want to start child support or alimony withholding.
  • You need it for income tax purposes.
  • You need to transfer property.
  • You need it for creditors.

There also are several reasons why you might want to obtain divorce records for another person, such as:

  • For probate court after the death of one of the parties in the divorce
  • To check marital status of a partner
  • For family history

What Information Is on Divorce Records

If you gain access to the complete divorce records, you will have all the information pertaining to the divorce, including the full names and dates of birth of both parties, the county and state they were married in, the county and state they were divorced in, the official date of the divorce, reason for the divorce, and any judgments ordered by the courts, such as child custody, child support, alimony and division of property.

If any portions of the divorce record are sealed, or you are not authorized to gain access to the entire record, you still should be able to find the full names of both parties, the date of the divorce and the county and state where the divorce took place.

How to Find Divorce Records

There are several ways you can find divorce records, but before you start searching, you will need a few pieces of information, including the names of both parties in the divorce, their dates of birth (if available) and the county and/or state where the divorce was finalized.

  • Your Attorney: The easiest way to secure a copy of your divorce records is to contact your attorney. All attorneys store these records for many years after the divorce is finalized. Keep in mind that this will only be a copy of the divorce records and not a certified copy.
  • County Office: If you know the county and state where the divorce was finalized, you can check with that county’s Clerk of Courts office. You can make this request in person or by phone. Some counties also have an online service that allows you to make this request through its website. You will be required to complete a request form that includes basic information about the divorce, your name and the purpose of the request. You may incur a nominal fee for these services. The county office can provide a certified copy of the divorce certificate to authorized requestors.
  • State Vital Records: If you are not sure which county the divorce was finalized in, you can request these records at the state level. You should contact the Department of Vital Records in the state where the divorce took place. This can be done in person, by phone or online. Just like at the county level, you will need to complete a request form that includes all pertinent information and pay the required fee. The state also offers certified copies of the divorce certificate.
  • Online Third-Party Site: If you do not need a certified copy, and you want the records as fast as possible, you can use a third-party online website. Typically, you can receive your results within just minutes through the online vendor. is third-party website where you can find divorce records. Search by name to find divorce records online with Search Quarry.
  • Historical Society: If you are searching for divorce record for genealogy purposes, you should check with the historical society in the county where the divorce took place. These local chapters typically have vital records, such as divorce records, dating back 100 years or more.

Search For Divorce Records

Official Divorce Documents

To obtain official divorce records first begin by ascertaining how divorce records are handled in the state where the divorce was granted. Using your favorite search engine, type in “[state] divorce records” or use the phrase “dissolution of marriage records.” Check the state’s official website. If divorce and other public records are handled at the county level, the state website will provide that information and a link to the county clerk’s contact information. Contact the appropriate office to request the records you are looking for. Be as specific as possible about names and dates. Government offices may charge a small fee for this service. 

Sealed Divorce Records 

Divorce records may be sealed by request of the parties involved. Many courts routinely seal all divorce information. Records may also be completely or partially sealed in order to protect a minor child’s identity or that of a rape or spousal abuse victim. Sealing also prevents false allegations from being made public. In this case, the information will be accessible only to the parties and their attorneys. 

Divorce Record Questions

Can I find divorce records online?

Yes, divorce record can be found online. There are many resources to lookup divorce records online such as public record websites and with the corresponding county courthouse website. Typically you can only get certified copies of divorce records through the county courts

Are divorce records publicly available?

Divorce records are public domain which means that anyone can view your divorce information. A divorce record is a life event that is recorded on the county and state level and can be sourced from the courthouse where the divorce was originally filed.

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  1. squarryadministrator says:

    Gerald, we don’t show whether or not this divorce was finalized. Your best option to find out about your divorce being finalized is to contact the clerk of the court where you filed for divorce. They will be able to give you a status update of your divorce and if it’s been processed and finalized.

    How To Find Out If A Divorce Was Finalized

    You can find out if a divorce has been finalized by contacting the civil courthouse clerk where your divorce was originally filed and inquire with them. You can typically perform a divorce verification online, over the phone or in person.

  2. Gerald Wembo says:

    I need to know if a divorce has been finalized. Names are Gerald Wembo and Contrece Johnson. Married February of 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.

  3. squarryadministrator says:

    To find your divorce records or annulment records you can visit the courthouse where you originally filed your paperwork and request a copy there. This can sometimes be accomplished online depending on the court’s web resources.

    How to Find Annulment Records

    To find annulment records you can visit the courthouse where your annulment was filed and request a copy of your annulment record from the court clerk. There will be a small fee for a certified copy of your annulment and you must show photo ID.

  4. Daniel v rhoades says:

    I\’m looking for divorce and annulment paper work

  5. squarryadministrator says:

    You will want to contact the relevant family divorce courthouse and inquire with the clerk if this is possible. Most divorce courts will have a record of divorces, annulments and legal separations that can sometimes go back several decades. Even though this is public record they might not be able to hand you a list but it’s a good starting place. If they can’t provide you with a list of divorces they can probably point you in the right direction.

    What Type of Court Handles Divorces?

    A divorce court is also know as a family court where they typically handle divorces, annulments and legal separations. These differ from criminal, civil and traffic courthouses that handle criminal legal matters, lawsuits and more serious crimes.

    Is an Annulment the Same as a Divorce?

    An annulment is different than a divorce because it dissolves the marriage as if it never happened. These situations are common and typically take place within a recent time frame from the marriage. Annulments can be initialed for a multitude of reasons such as; forced marriage, ineligible marriages, fraudulent marriages, religious objections and many more reasons as determined by the relevant courthouse.

  6. James Jones says:

    How do i get a list of recent divorces in my city?

  7. squarryadministrator says:

    We don’t show any divorce records for you in our Georgia divorce record database. That being said, you can get a divorce verification from the Georgia Department of Health. Go to their website and download the request form, fill it out and submit it via mail. Divorce verifications will cost $10.

    Divorce Verifications Include

    1. The name of each party
    2. The date of the divorce
    3. The location the divorce was granted

  8. Evanette U Rice says:

    I\’m having a hard time trying to make phone calls to Atlanta Georgia to obtain a divorce certificate. Fulton county says they don\’t have it,dekalb county says no. I\’m stuck. I\’m not exactly sure when he did the divorce or what county. This happened in the \’80s. Need it to renew my Florida drivers license. Help!

  9. squarryadministrator says:

    Our Divorce Records database does not show any results with the information you’ve provided. Another good place to find divorce records in New York is the NY State Department of Health. They are the managing NY state agency for vital records which include marriage and divorce records and birth and death records. You can request a copy of your parents divorce record online. If you have difficulties requesting this information online you can call the NY Department of Health @ 1-877-854-4481.

    How to Find New York Divorce Records

    1. Visit the NY Department of Health website
    2. Request a copy of NY divorce records
    3. Fill out the form and show proof of ID
    4. Pay the $15 fee for a certified copy
    5. Processing by mail may take a couple weeks

  10. Keri Boneparte says:

    I am looking for divorce records for my parents, Richard William Dunnigan and Sharon Dunnigan (Sharon has no middle name) Richard filed in upstate NY I believe Wyoming County, Attica NY but we are not 100% sure if it is Wyoming Country but it definitely is a County in upstate NY. We think we can narrow the time frame to 1983-1996. Is there anyway you can help me?

  11. squarryadministrator says:

    We don’t show divorce records for the people you mentioned, in our vital records database. Below are some instructions on how to find divorce records from the Missouri Department of Health.

    How to Find Your Parents Divorce Record

    1. Visit the Department of Health website in your state
    2. Request a copy of a Divorce Record
    3. Fill out the Divorce Record request form
    4. Pay the fee for a copy of the Divorce Record
    5. Processing by mail may take several weeks

  12. stacy peek says:

    I\’m looking for my parents divorce records. James and Patricia Corner from Missouri

  13. squarryadministrator says:

    We are not seeing the exact divorce date for you Jeff. To find the exact date of your divorce you can also contact the county courthouse clerk where you filled your divorce papers and inquire about this.

    How To Find My Divorce Date

    Contact the county courthouse clerk where your divorce papers were filed. Provide your full name and approximate date of your divorce and as much relevant information as possible. The court clerk should be able to provide you with the divorce date without filling out any paperwork.

  14. jeff ferguson says:

    Jeffrey rock ferguson and Pamela ellen petry divorce date 1990 wayne county Michigan, Detroit.

  15. squarryadministrator says:

    How can I verify if my divorce has been processed?

    1. Go to the Courthouse website where your divorce took place
    2. Search your divorce records by name
    3. Verify if the divorce is finalized
    4. You can also ask the courthouse clerk for assistance

  16. Monique Schlesinger says:

    Looking to see if my partner’s divorce has been finalized

  17. squarryadministrator says:

    You will need to contact the relevant state agency to obtain official copies of divorce records. In your case it seems like contacting the state archives would be your best bet unless you know for certain what county the divorce took place in. Below are a few ways to find divorce records, hopefully this information help you to obtain your social security benefits.

    4 Ways to Lookup Old Divorce Records

    1. Contact the state archives for copies of old divorce records
    2. Visit the county court clerk in the courthouse your divorce took place
    3. Visit the Vital Check website and inquire about divorce records
    4. Contact the state Department of Health and Vital Records

  18. debra rhinehart says:

    i am trying to file for widows benefits from social security. they tell me i have to have a divorce record from my hubsands first wife. I cannot find it. His name was Odie Rhinehart. He was born in Henderson County Texas as I belive his first wife was. I belive the wedding took place in Texas. She left and went op north somewhere and several years later filed for divorce. He received paper which he signed and sent back. I belive he ewceived the completed divorce papers back. She later remarried. We had a house fire and lost papers so now I am having to try to get papers I need. The divorce I think took place in the 80’s I remenber her first name as Effe. His birth date as 11/27/32 but she as younger. I know it sounds funny but I think the divorce took place in a state that began with a M. Can you help me I am despirate. Thank you

  19. squarryadministrator says:

    Carolyn Shelton,

    We are happy to assist you with looking up a divorce record however our resources are for online reference only. If you need an actual copy of your Tennessee divorce decree or divorce records you will want to contact the Tennessee Department of Health and Vital Records.

    How To Find Divorce Records in Tennessee

    • Contact the Tennessee Department of Health and Vital Records
    • You can request a copy of divorce records by in person, online or by mail
    • Online divorce record certificates are serviced by a 3rd party company called Vital Check
    • Processing times vary depending on the method of obtaining a divorce certificate copy
    • Copies of Tennessee Divorce Certificates are $15 each

  20. Carolyn Louise Shelton says:

    I am trying to obtain proof of my divorce 37 years ago so I can get my social security after retiring. I still live in Knoxville TN, where I lived at the time of divorce.

  21. squarryadministrator says:


    We don’t show any Missouri divorce decree dates in our database resources. You might also want to check with the Missouri Department of Health and Vital Records as they manage the divorce records for the state of Missouri. You can also contact your Missouri county courthouse clerk.

    How To Request Missouri Divorce Records

    1. Contact the Missouri Department of Health & Vital Records in person
    2. Request an official copy of your divorce decree
    3. Present your photo ID and pay the relevant fees
    4. Processing of your divorce decree can be same day if requests are made by 3pm

  22. Brianna E says:

    I am looking for a date of divorce and nothing more. This is for Kevin C Berthelsen and was married in Jackson County Mo. should be around 1989-1991.

  23. squarryadministrator says:


    We do not have a divorce record decree for you in our database resources. Your best bet is to go to the California county superior court that issued the divorce decree and talk to the county court clerk for a certified copy.

    How To Get a Copy of My Divorce Records

    1. Visit the County Courthouse where you received your divorce decree
    2. Inquire with the County Courthouse Clerk for a certified copy of your divorce decree
    3. Prepare to show ID and pay the fee for the certified copy

  24. Samy Alujiely says:

    I’m trying to find my divorce record in state of California Samy Alujiely

  25. squarryadministrator says:


    We do not show a divorce date for Dee Ann Warren’s divorce in our database. Is it possible that she was divorced in another state? We do show records for that name in other states but we’ll also need her middle name to verify this information. You can also check with the County Court that issued the Divorce Decree.

    How to Lookup Divorce Records in California

    1. Contact the California county court that issued the divorce decree
    2. Request a certified or non certified copy of the divorce record
    3. Fill our the divorce record request form
    3. Pay the fee for the divorce record copy
    4. It can take up to 3 days to process your order

  26. Roxanne says:

    Sorry the correct name is Dee Ann Warren.

  27. squarryadministrator says:


    We checked our North Carolina divorce record database and id not find any divorce or marriage records for Miguel Morales. We also searched our general public records database for Miguel in North Carolina and didn’t find any results. Is it possible that his primary residence is in another state? If so we will need more information to perform a nationwide divorce records search since there are many people with the same first and last name. If you can provide us with his middle name, age and previous addresses we can potentially find his public records for you. Your best chance is to contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Vital Records office.

    How To Lookup North Carolina Divorce Records

    1. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Vital Records Website
    2. Request a copy of a Divorce Certificate
    3. You will need identification to get a certified divorce certificate
    4. Processing time takes up to 5 weeks

  28. Ally C says:

    HI Im trying to look up divorce and any other public records for Jose Miguel Morales. Hes in Selma, NC but from Dos Palos, CA. I tried to go online at the Wake County page and I cannot find where to obtain them other than to go in the court house or call cleark of deeds. Can you help me go about this online?

    Thank you!

  29. squarryadministrator says:


    If you can provide us with your spouses full name, age and state and county of residence we can lookup this information in our divorce records database for you. The other option is to contact the New Jersey Department of State and perform a vital records search.

    How To Find Marriage and Divorce Records in New Jersey

    1. Contact the New Jersey Department of State
    2. Click on the Vital Records search tab and search by name
    3. If you know the county where the marriage took place search by county
    4. You can also contact the NJ Department of Health and contact the county clerk

  30. Mandi Clark says:

    How can I find out if my spouse was ever married in the state of New Jersey? We were married in Pa and I still currently reside in Pa.

  31. squarryadministrator says:


    We can certainly search our database resources for a divorce record but we will need some more information first. Can you provide his full name, including middle, age and state and county of residency. Divorce records are recorded on a state and county level and many people have the same first and last name so any additional information you can provide will help us track down any available divorce records for you. The other option is to contact the county court clerk where you think the divorce took place and they can assist you as well.

    As far as your marriage goes you will want to verify with the court where you filed your marriage certificate to verify the legitimacy of your marriage. Without more information we cannot provide you with specifics on how to verify marriage and divorce records.

    Where can I get a copy of my divorce papers?

    1. Contact the county courthouse where the divorce record was filed
    2. Search courthouse records by phone or by the court public records terminal
    3. Ask the county court clerk to verify a divorce filing via phone or in person
    4. Verify the names and dates on the divorce record for accuracy

  32. Lisa Werner says:

    He was married breifly 36 yrs ago believes he got divorce no proof tho how can i find out if my marriage is leagal

  33. squarryadministrator says:

    We don’t see any divorce records for Manek in our database. Below is how you can obtain divorce records via the New York Department of Health website.

    How to Get a Copy of a New York Divorce Record

    1. Visit the New York Department of Health Website
    2. There are 2 types of divorce records to choose from
    3. Decide if you want a divorce decree or divorce certificate
    4. Only a spouce or a court order can get a divorce certificate
    5. Fill out the form to obtain divorce information
    6. Pay the $30 fee for the divorce record copy

  34. Mike says:

    The full name is Manek J Irani, 50 years old and the state of residency is NY

  35. squarryadministrator says:


    We can assist you with how to find divorce records but first we’ll need some more information. Can you provide us with the state and county of residency and the approximate age of the person in question.

    How Can I Get a Certified Copy of My Divorce Records

    1. Get the full name of the person and state and county of residence
    2. Contact the State Department of Heath and Vital Records
    3. See if you can obtain a Certified copy. Sometimes only immediate family can do this
    4. Fill out the divorce request form and pay the nominal fees

  36. Mike says:

    I Am looking for Manek J Irani

  37. squarryadministrator says:

    Lori, if it is a recent divorce or a divorce that is not finalized then you can contact the clerk of the court where the divorce took place or the Department of Health for the State of Illinois. That said, we are also happy to run a divorce record lookup for you but we’ll also need to know the middle names and the date of birth for the individuals you’re checking on

  38. Lori Body says:

    I need to know if a divorce has been finalized. Names are Vincent Body and Lori Hill Body. Married on May 21, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois

  39. squarryadministrator says:

    Kim, it can be difficult to find if you don’t know the state where she was divorced. That said, if you can provide us with her full name and date of birth and maiden name we can do some research for you

  40. Kim says:

    I need to know where my step mom was divorced. She is 85 and can’t remember if it was Michigan, Virginia or North Carolina. Is there a way to locate them?

  41. squarryadministrator says:

    Anthony, do you need official documentation on your divorce certificate or just verification of your divorce record?

  42. Anthony T Scordato says:

    how can I get my divorce records?

  43. Carla says:

    I was married in my but my ex husband I think filed in ny where can I get a copy of this certificate from no or ny?

  44. Boyd Kealy says:

    My estranged wife says she has lodged an application for divorce, with my permission. How do I check if it has been lodged.

  45. squarryadministrator says:

    Norma, we checked our Texas Divorce Database and found a multitude of people with the same first and last name and not all the records have a middle initial listed. Can you also verify the DOB of the person’s listed in your mother’s record so we can refine our divorce search for you?

  46. Norma Joseph says:

    Our mother is deceased and the title company is requesting to know when our parents were divorced. All we know is that it was in the 1960’s. We have gone through our mothers records, but, can’t find the divorce date. Both our parents are deceased. Their names are Julius A. Walker Sr. & Willie J.
    Walker. Married Aug. 31, 1942, in Austin, TX. , but divorced in Los Angeles, CA. County

  47. Towana Gentry says:

    I married a guy from Texas who said he’s divorced but I\’m being told otherwise, I don\’t know the county just texas. Chris fox and Jennifer fox, I need help

  48. Robin Litchfield says:

    I need a copy of the divorce papers for Dale S. Litchfield and Karen F. Drumm. I have no dates but believe they were married and divorced in the 1980’s

  49. squarryadministrator says:

    With the limited information you have provided we cannot lookup a divorce record with our public record resources. You can try using the court record resource , they often work directly with court website to offer copies of vital records such as birth, death, marriage and divorce records for a nominal fee

  50. Andries Rheeder says:

    Ive been divorce many years ago, she died last year, abd I what to re marry and I\’ve got no details of het except her birth date


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