Conduct a search for divorce records
- 1). Visit the court house where the divorce proceedings took place, if known. For example, if you are a former husband or wife looking to receive a copy of a divorce decree or certificate from a previous marriage, you may simply go to the court where the divorce was granted to obtain a copy of the decree.
- 2). Contact your state's department of vital records or department of health. If you do not know at which court house the divorce was granted, these state offices will have copies of the divorce record if it exists. At times, the clerk will be able to tell you if a divorce record under a certain name exists. However, they may decline to tell you if you are not a direct relation to the person you are asking about. Some states require the person obtaining the divorce record to be a spouse or former spouse.
- 3). Access a vital records database online. These databases typically require a fee to see and print the records. However, this fee is sometimes less than the fee charged by the state to obtain a copy of the divorce decree or certificate.