How to search for a confirmation of divorce

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How to search for a confirmation of divorce
You can search online for limited divorce information. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Meeting people and forming a relationship with someone new requires a certain level of trust. One way to ensure this trust is to verify information like divorce records. Although a copy of the final divorce decree and complete divorce records only are available to the parties directly involved in the divorce, you still can obtain basic information like names of the parties involved in the divorce and dates of filing and issuance of the final divorce decree.

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    Contact the county clerk office in the county the divorce took place. Divorce decree and records are filed with the court that granted the divorce. Therefore, that court's county clerk office has the records. Some counties allow requests to be made online, where others require you to request the information in person. In some cases you may need to request the information in writing, identify yourself and mail in the request.

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    Visit the National Center for Health Statistics. If you do not know the county the divorce took place in, but know the state, you should visit the National Center for Health Statistic's website. On the site, you will be directed where to request vital information like birth, death, marriage and divorce records for every state in the country. Although some states may not disclose if the divorce has been finalised, they will disclose the county the divorce was filed in.

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    Pay a private website to do a background check. If you have no idea what county or state the divorce was filed in or you just want simple and fast results, paying for a background check is a good option. Private companies have the resources to search through multiple public databases throughout the country. There are many companies that offer background checking services online. Typical divorce searches reveal names of couples, dates of marriage and divorce, names of children and recorded reasons for the divorce.

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