How to look up free divorce records

Updated April 17, 2017

According to, divorce records are public documents and can be found in the Superior Court clerk's office in the county where your divorce was granted. Alex Grim of Attorney Marketing blog writes that divorce files are comprehensively documented, filed and uploaded from the count office to the designated state department office in the data and statistic department.

Look up the case file. In most counties, you'll be able to do this on your home computer. Access the Superior Court website for the county where your divorce was granted. Search under the name of the parties involved. Find the specific case and write down the number.

Go to the Superior Court clerk's office to view the case file. Bring the court case number with you so it is easier for the clerk to obtain the file.

Make note of any documents you wish to have copied. Decide whether you need to have the copies certified.

Once you have determined which documents you want copied, return the file and inform the clerk. Be prepared to pay for any copies. Get a receipt for your records.


Be sure to have the correct spelling of the parties involved. That will make searching for the case number easier.


According to Attorney Marketing blog, divorce records are free but there may be a nominal search fee levied. Certified copies cost more than regular copies. Certified copies can only be obtained at the Superior Court clerk's office in the county where the divorce was granted.

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Ryan Thomas Riddle teaches creative writing for an after-school program in San Jose. Previously, he worked in broadcast news and has written several articles on the Filipino-American experience. Riddle holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Otis College of Art and Design.