How to Verify a Marital Status

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How to Verify a Marital Status
Search vital records to find out if someone is married, divorced or widowed. (marriage image by Mat Hayward from

Finding out the marital status of another person is not impossible. All marriage, divorce and death records are a matter of public knowledge and can be located by anyone wishing to obtain that information. Marriage, divorce and death records can be obtained from the County Recorder’s office in the county in which the marriage, death or divorce was recorded. For a fee, You can search for these records through the Vital Records website as well.

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    Obtain as much information as possible in order to search for a marriage license, death certificate or divorce decree. Having names, dates and locations of these events will make the process of searching for someone’s marital status that much easier.

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    Visit the County Recorder’s office in the county where the person whose marital status you are looking for was married or lives. Marriages are always recorded with the County Recorder where the marriage took place. If the person whose marital status is in question lives in this county, you can also inquire with the County Clerk as to whether or not there are any divorce or death records pertaining to the marriage.

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    If you do not know the location of the marriage, death or divorce of the person you are searching for, you can’t visit the County Recorder. The Vital Records web site is your next option. Follow the detailed instructions on the website and enter information you are searching for. If any marriage, death or divorce certificates are on record for someone, Vital Records has them.

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