California Divorce Records Public

If you want to obtain the records of a Divorce in California, head to the state?s central repository of public records at the Vital Records Office, Department of Health Services. For some time, divorce records could be accessed for free, but over the years the cost of processing them became more expensive, so government offices passed on the cost to users in exchange of their services.

The Vital Records Office keeps divorce records between 1962 and 1984. They Free California Divorce Records provide divorce certificates, which is different from a certified divorce record. Certified divorce records are maintained at the specific Clerk of Superior Court that granted the divorce. A copy of a divorce certificate serves as a source of information only, while a certified divorce record can be used as a legal supporting document in any legal proceeding.

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Any person can request for a divorce certificate but only the couple and their representatives have full access to the certified divorce records. A request form is available at the California Health Department. The request form should be filled-out correctly and be submitted with a signed sworn statement. If the request is through mail, the sworn statement should be signed and be notarized. A request costs $13 and there is an additional fee of $7 in case you want to fax your request.

The time it takes to process requests at the Health Department is about 15 to 20 weeks, which I s mainly because of the shortage of employees in government agencies. It is probably okay if you are not in a hurry to get the records. But if time is a luxury you do not have, you may access the records through private websites. The Health Department has an official website and a database where they keep soft copies of public records such as divorce records. Private websites keep public records as well but with the California Divorce Records Search permission of the government. Such websites are experienced in providing information online and can provide them instantly.

There are two kinds of private websites that provide public records to the public: free sites and paid sites. Free image sites offer basic pieces of information of the records such as the name of the couple, their birthday, date and place of divorce, and the likes. Paid sites also provide the basic pieces of information and a little bit more for a certain fee. You may register as a member so you can enjoy unlimited searches and get more information each time or you may pay per name searched. A membership fee is paid only once and there are no other fees after that.

Marriage and Divorce Records are kept together because they are inter-related. Without a marriage record, an application for divorce will not be accepted. Subsequently, without a divorce record, a person will not be granted a marriage license should that person wish to marry at a later date. Both marriage and divorce records can be accessed through private websites upon request. The requirements may be different depending on which state you are trying to access the records from.
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