California Divorce Records

November 22, 2009

California divorce records and certified copies of California divorce decrees or California divorce papers are typically only available through the California Superior Court in the county where the divorce was filed. According to the California Department of Public Health website, the office of Vital Records does not issue certified copies of a divorce decree and does not indicate whether the divorce was finalized in court. The office of Vital Records can only issue a Certificate of Record (this is not a certified copy of the divorce decree) for divorce between 1962 and June 1984. The Certificate of Record includes the names of the parties to the divorce, the county where the divorce was filed and the case number.

To obtain a certified copy of your California divorce record you’ll want to contact or visit your local county Superior Court. Each court should have a process for obtaining records.  Divorce records can generally be obtained in-person, by mail or possibly online depending on the courthouse. Some courts provide an online tool or public computers at the local courthouse where you can search and view records, locate your case number or case information, which is helpful for requesting certified copies of your divorce decree. Generally, the case number is needed for obtaining California divorce records in-person or via mail. For specific information about obtaining California divorce records you’ll want to contact your local California court.

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