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Can you get a copy of a divorce decree online?

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Generally, it is difficult to obtain a copy of a divorce decree online. You can search online for the location of a divorce decree, but you likely need to obtain a copy from the vital statistics office, the local Department of Records or the courthouse where the divorce occurred.

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According to Vitalrec.com, you can submit a written petition to the vital statistics office in the state in which the divorce occurred to obtain a copy of the divorce decree. USA.gov similarly acknowledges that the county clerk's office can assist in obtaining a copy of a divorce decree.

According to LegalZoom, courts may require paperwork before releasing copies of divorce decrees; for example, parties not involved in the divorce require a notarized letter or affidavit from one of the parties. Copies of a divorce decree may be found at the court clerk's office, at the county or state records department or with the attorney involved in processing the divorce.

LegalZoom acknowledges that divorce decrees can sometimes be found online, but Internet sites offering this type of service typically charge a fee. Furthermore, many jurisdictions limit access to certain public records, which may prevent the ability to obtain a copy online.

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