Individuals can confirm marital status or whether a divorce decree was granted by contacting the county clerk's records office within the county where the divorce was filed. People can also request marriage and divorce records from the state's vital records office, according to the California Department of Public Health.Continue Reading
The vital records office within each state maintains records of birth, marriage, death, civil unions, domestic partnerships and adoptions, according to the State of New Jersey Department of Health. People can request certified copies of marriage or divorce records by completing an application, providing proof of identity and relationship to the person listed on the vital record, and paying a fee for processing. Fees vary from state to state.
If divorce papers were filed and the individuals involved were not notified of a court date, hearing or judgment of dissolution of the marriage, couples can contact the county courthouse where the papers were filed to inquire about the status of the divorce or an anticipated court date, according to the California Department of Public Health. If a notice of entry of judgment or final judgment has not been signed by a judge, the marriage has likely not ended in divorce yet.Learn more about Public Records
A divorce decree usually contains information about allocation of assets between the spouses, child support, custody and visitation arrangements if there are minor children, spousal support and agreement regarding payments of debts, reports LegalMatch. It also provides basic information regarding the divorce case, including the names of both spouses, the decree's effective date and the case number.Full Answer >
OurDivorceAgreement.com provides a simple example of a divorce decree. The Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations website provides several more detailed example forms. It is important to note that divorce proceedings vary by state, so example decrees should be viewed with this in mind.Full Answer >
A judge fills out a divorce decree, rather than either party in a divorce, and it typically contains information related to the distribution of property, spousal support, child custody and the disposition of any financial obligations that exist, according to LegalMatch. Divorce decrees also contain basic clerical information, such as a case number, the date the decree takes effect and the names of each party.Full Answer >
Free copies of a divorce decree are obtained from the court clerkﾒs office, department of records, attorneys handling the case and online sources, notes LegalZoom. A divorce decree documents the outcome of a divorce action, and parties to the case should keep copies for verification purposes.Full Answer >