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How do I get a copy of my divorce papers?

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Divorce decrees are kept on file by the County Clerk's office where the divorce took place and can be requested by any of the involved parties or their authorized representatives. If the record is no longer there, it can be obtained from the county or state Office of Vital Statistics.

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In addition to the paperwork required for the request of an official document of this nature, individuals filing the request must present proper identification to verify their authorization to receive the documents being requested. Divorce decrees may no longer be kept on file in the County Clerk's office after seven to 10 years. Prior to making a request for a divorce decree, a vital records check can be conducted in order to locate the document and verify that a copy can be obtained from the county office where the divorce occurred. If it is not available from the County Clerk's office it can be obtained from the county's Office of Vital Statistics, Vital Records Department or County Registrar. The state Office of Vital Statistics will also have divorce records.

For those who were not a party involved in the divorce proceedings, a signed and notarized affidavit from an involved party is required, authorizing a non-involved individual to view the document.

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