Whether it's for yourself, or you're doing research on someone else, divorce records are an abundant source of information. If you have someone’s divorce record, you can find information about the ex-spouse and any children of the marriage—even their names and birth dates. The divorce decree will also have the date of the marriage, where the couple married, and financial information, like the income of both spouses at the time of the divorce.
Once you locate the divorce records, you'll find in-depth information regarding the divorce settlement, custody arrangements, whether or not alimony was ordered, and the grounds for which the divorce was filed. If there are any accusations of domestic abuse or any restraining orders against one of the partners in the divorce, the information will be available in the public divorce record. So what is the best way to find divorce records online?
Knowing Where to Search Is Key
Different states and counties have different rules on the cost of obtaining divorce records. Some divorce records are kept at the state level, some are kept at the county level. To find out where the divorce records you want are located, Google it.
Luckily most divorce records can be obtained at no charge, with some states charging a fee. There are a multitude of free directories for public records. Your best bet is to search your state’s website or contact your local court clerk. If you search your state's website, you will need to know which court handles divorce in your state or the state you are searching in.
To find contact information for your local court clerk Google the name and state of your county. Your court clerk will be able to tell you whether or not divorce records are available online and what area of the state website you need to search.
Divorce Records Help New Relationships
Are you romantically involved with someone who is divorced? If so, divorce records will let you know if there were serious issues in your partner's past marriage—issues that would indicate problems in a future marriage.
Think about it; if you are involved with someone who has a history of domestic abuse or infidelity wouldn't you want to know before becoming more involved or even entering into a marriage with that person?
Are They Still Married?
Was the divorce finalized? You would be surprised how many people begin the divorce process but never follow through—just because someone tells you they are divorced doesn’t mean they are. If you have doubts, divorce records can put those doubts to rest.
Family Tree Research
Divorce records are a wealth of information when determining genealogy. For example, if your grandparents were divorced and you are searching for aunts or uncles, divorce records will give you the names, birth dates, and birthplaces to all children of the marriage. It is a great way of locating relatives you may have lost contact with.
Where to Start?
Remember, start at the state level and work your way down to the county level.
With a little digging, you will find where the divorce records are kept since they are classified as a public record, you will be able to get a copy.