How Can You Obtain a Copy of Divorce Papers?

To obtain a copy of a divorce decree, visit or write a letter to the office of vital statistics where the divorce occurred, explains the Law Dictionary. The divorced individuals and members of their immediate family may request non-certified copies of divorce decrees.

Depending on the rules of state vital statistics offices, individuals may request a copy of divorce papers by phone, email, in person and by regular mail, says the Law Dictionary. Payment and any required documentation must be delivered in person or by mail. The official mailing address and location for each state is available at

Letters to state offices of vital statistics should be brief but specific, to facilitate locating the requested records, notes Letters must include the name of the husband and the wife, date of divorce, location of divorce, and the name and relationship of the person making the request.