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What Does a Divorce Records Report Include?

If you're searching for a person's divorce records online, our lookup tool will instantly generate a divorce records report right in your internet browser, containing details like filing information, divorce details, court records, and more.

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Divorce Records

Divorce records are documented pieces of information compiled and kept at most states' Department of Health or Registry of Vital Records. They disclose the full name of both parties involved in a divorce, date, and place where the divorce occurred. Detailed divorce records are usually not available online unless courts release such information for public access.

Divorce Filing Information

Unsealed divorce filing records are filed with a public office, meaning that anyone can have access to them and the following information they cover: petitioner's name, respondent's name, date of filing, state of filing, filing number, divorce judgment, court records, and assets. However, data availability varies by state.

Asset Records

In general, in a divorce case, all marital property is split evenly. Records of divorce property division encompass a wide range of asset types that were acquired during a marriage, such as retirement plans, savings, real estate, aircraft, boats, high-priced items (art, car collections), businesses, life insurance policies, copyrights, and investments.

Criminal and Court Records

Find out whether either of the divorcing parties was arrested and on what charges, warrants, felonies, misdemeanors, court case files, dockets, convictions, disposition details, mugshots, DUI/DWI records, parole/probation data, and more.

What are Divorce Records?

Divorce is the legal process in which a judge officially dissolves the bonds of marriage between two spouses, allowing them to marry other individuals. The first recorded divorce in the American colonies was granted in 1643 by the Quarter Court of Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Until the end of the 20th century, since the dissolution of marriage was deemed to be against the public interest, a spouse had to show a "fault" like adultery, abandonment, incurable mental illness, or cruelty. Prior to the mid-late 20th century, in most states, a spouse seeking a divorce had to show a fault such as abandonment, cruelty, incurable mental illness, or adultery. By the 1960s, deceptive practices that avoided the fault system had become a common concern, and it was only in 1969 when California became the first U.S. state to adopt a no-fault divorce law.

Nowadays, the legal grounds for divorce could fall under two categories:

  • Fault-based – it can be legally prevented through: provocation, connivance, collusion, recrimination, or condonation. When both parties are guilty of breaches, the doctrine of comparative rectitude establishes which party is more at fault.
  • No-fault (no proof of fault is needed): irreconcilable differences, irremediable breakdown of the marriage, and incompatibility. Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Dakota are the only three states where mutual consent is enough to be granted a no-fault divorce.

In the United States, divorce falls strictly under the jurisdiction of state governments. General divorce records are typically considered public information unless a court ruled otherwise. However, there are many restrictions that apply, for instance, it’s prohibited to disclose settlement costs, financial information, or a party’s property inventory (unless the request is made from the parties mentioned in the record, their legal representatives, or immediate family members.

States With the Highest Divorce Rates

  • 13%Arkansas
  • 12.1%S. Dakota
  • 10.8%Oklahoma
  • 10.5%Kentucky
  • 10.1%Oregon
  • 9.9%Indiana
  • 9.8%Alabama
  • 9.8%W. Virginia
  • 9.6%Nevada
  • 9.6%Washington

States With the Lowest Divorce Rates

  • 4.7%N. Dakota
  • 4.9%Rhode Island
  • 5.7%New York
  • 5.7%New Jersey
  • 6.2%Wisconsin
  • 6.3%Vermont
  • 6.5%Pennsylvania
  • 6.6%New Mexico
  • 6.6%Illinois
  • 6.7%Hawaii

To obtain a physical copy of the divorce decree, one must visit the county clerk's office of the court that issued the document, submit a records request or ask for a certified copy of the divorce certificate from the vital records office (from the state where the divorce was granted).

Alternatively, the easiest way to discover divorce records is online. Extracted from thousands of public record sources, county, and state data sources, the public divorce records report generated with a simple name search on Infotracer includes, when available, the respondent's full name, petitioner's name, date of filing, state of filing, filing number, court records, assets, and more matching findings, when available.

Common Questions About Divorce Records

Are Divorce Papers Public Record?

Divorce papers are public unless the judge in charge of the case sealed them. The simplest way to check divorce status is to conduct an online search with a private service/database such as InfoTracer. We promptly deliver on your screen the full names of the divorcing parties, ages, date, and country of divorce.

What does the Court Records Section of my Report Include?

The Court Records section of your report takes family court records a step further by gathering relevant data from thousands of municipal, county, state and federal courthouses. The information will be sourced from tax liens, criminal court cases, bankruptcy filings, legal judgments, personal injury cases, court cases, traffic court cases, small claims court cases, family court cases, and more.

How are Assets Classified in a Divorce Case?

Divorce court records are deeply connected to assets division. If spouses cannot agree on how to split assets, a court will do it. Depending on the state, in a divorce case, assets are classified as either marital property or separate property. Marital property includes all assets acquired by both or either spouses during their marriage, while separate property refers to everything owned by each party before marriage or after divorce.

How to Lookup Divorce Records with InfoTracer?

On InfoTracer we provide you with an efficient, quick and hassle-free lookup tool. Gain access to accurate and detailed information whenever you try to find divorce records online.

Millions of public records are instantly available at your fingertips. Just enter the full name and the state and a report will be generated instantly. Every search is confidential, keeping your identity strictly anonymous.

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