It is sad to know that many marriages nowadays are leading to divorce. With this the number of divorce records in California is increasing every year. The divorce public records California issues to its residents are open documents which basically mean that the local residents of the state can obtain a copy of the said file anytime they find it necessary.
There are several reasons why residents of California regularly request for a copy of divorce certificate. Genealogy research is one of the primary reasons for requesting a copy of a divorce record. The information that can be found on the document is used to update the family tree. The future generation would encounter problems tracing their origins if the divorce is not updated in a timely manner. Transactions involving the finances of an individual as well as the updating the status would require a copy of a divorce certificate in order to proceed with any requests.
As the name suggest, a divorce certificate would contain information about the separation of a couple. One would now when and where the couple was granted legal separation. It would not be a valid document without the complete names of the couple involved as well as some of their personal information.
Unfortunately, not all information about the divorce is documented on the public file. The public can only find the basic details of the separation. One would not find the reason for the separation and the name of the one who petitioned for the divorce. Further details such as the custody of the children are kept confidential along with the division of the couple’s properties and assets. All of this information has been kept confidential to respect the privacy of the couple.
Divorce records from 1962 to 1984 have to be requested at the county office. The office of the Department of Health under the Vital Records Section is where all of the divorce records are being archived. However, the office does not release the certified copy of the divorce in California. One has to go to the office of the county clerk where the divorce was filed in order to proceed with the retrieval. The state office can only provide information about where the divorce can be obtained. This would cost $13. Access to the divorce files is only open to the divorcees themselves. One has to be granted a special permission to proceed with the retrieval of other people’s divorce certificate. In order to proceed with the request, the basic details of the document being obtained have to be provided. One is also required to provide their personal details to have the request granted.
Online retrieval of public records for divorce in the state of California is now possible. The search has eliminated the need to go to any office just to file the request. This makes the retrieval process convenient and hassle free. Since the search is done online, one can do it anytime and anywhere and the results are delivered in just a few seconds, thus saving you time and energy.