LegalZoom recommends searching for and finding a record of the divorce decree to find out if a divorce has been granted. Finding this decree may require some degree of investigation because a former spouse who filed for divorce individually may have filed papers in another court jurisdiction. The search can start in the county and state where the married couple lived together.Know More
A good way to trace divorce proceedings is to contact local newspapers in the area where the couple last resided. LegalZoom notes that uncontested divorces are often made public by filing legal notices in newspapers. The newspaper's legal notice department may have a record of such a listing placed by the former partner. To find out, a search of newspaper records may turn up a notice with the name of both spouses.
After the correct courthouse has been located, they can be contacted about a possible divorce petition. LegalZoom advises that the court can look up any legal documents filed in a divorce proceeding. A requester can ask the court clerk search through files on their behalf to find such records. If there is a formal divorce decree on file, this is indisputable evidence of a divorce.
If a spouse moved away and filed elsewhere, personal information including a spouse's name, social security number and date of birth can be used to keep searching in various databases, according to About.com.Learn more about Public Records
Divorce records in Pennsylvania are a written account of every divorce granted within the state. Since 1804, divorce records have been kept in the Prothonotary's office in the county where the divorce was granted. Local newspapers also publish notices of divorce in their daily record section.Full Answer >
There are many public records which can be accessed for free including birth and death certificates, marriage licences and divorce decrees, property records, and criminal records. Professional and business licenses are also available to view for free by the public, according to the DMV.Full Answer >
One spouse has various legal rights if the other leaves, including a case for divorce, financial support and the right to sue, according to Divorce Source and Cindy Chung for LegalZoom. These rights rest on "abandonment" as legal grounds against the spouse who left.Full Answer >
Generally, if a joint petition for divorce has been filed then both spouses must sign the paperwork, according to LegalZoom. If one spouse refuses to sign, or is not available to sign, the party that filed the joint petition can opt to file a regular divorce petition, which does not need the signature of the other spouse.Full Answer >