(Closed) Obtaining divorce papers and avoiding the crazy exwife advice (long)

posted 8 years ago in Encore
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would just call the dept of vital statistics and ask. This cant be the first time this has happened. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you guys live in the same county where the divorce was finalized, he just needs to go down to the courthouse and request a copy. He will most likely need the ex-wifes name, birthday, the date of the divorce, his id. He may also have to pay a small fee for the copy but it should be simple. He doesn’t need his ex-wife’s permission or anything b/c it’s a matter of public record.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

You can usually access case records online by name, too.  Just go to the state judicial branch website and look for trial court/district court/family court records. Good luck.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m assuming the papers were filed in CA? I found this info on ehow.com & the bottom part from CA’s website 🙂

It is relatively easy to obtain a copy of divorce papers for a divorce filed in California. The copy of a divorce decree can be obtained only from the Superior Court of the county in which the divorce case was filed. 

  1. Step 1

    Visit the website for your county’s Superior Court.

  2. Step 2

    Call the Superior Court to find out how to order a certified copy of a divorce decree if this information is not available on the website.

  3. Step 3

    Be prepared to either use a Mastercard or Visa credit card to pay for your order if online ordering is available, as it is in Los Angeles county. In case you can’t fill your order online, you will most likely have to mail a check along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the address provided by the Superior Court. Provide your divorce case number, the names of the former spouses and the approximate date when the divorce case was filed.

 

  • Divorce Records.  Certified copies of actual divorce decrees are only available from the Superior Court in the county where the divorce was filed.  The Office of Vital Records can only issue a Certificate of Record – and only for divorces that occurred between 1962 and June 1984.  A Certificate of Record includes the names of the parties to the divorce, the county where the divorce was filed, and the court case number.  A Certificate of Record is not a certified copy of the divorce decree, and does not indicate whether the divorce was ever finalized in court.  Our processing times can easily exceed 6 months. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It says you just need the approximate date, so maybe the month & year? Maybe go onto her myspace & reference it by some photos? You can see if people commented on them, & the comments have the month/year. Or you can google search her name & see if anything comes up? Or you can go to your county’s website & search for her name in the records. In my old county when I lived in CA, you could type in someone’s name & it told you all court history info. If you want to PM me your county, I could see if I could find that part of the website. Hopefully that helps!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well, in the town where I used to live, you could go on the court website & you could type in a name & it would tell you EVERYTHING about the person dealing with the law, like if they got a traffic ticket. I looked up my bio parents & it said every time they had a custody trial or anything. It was kinda crazy what you could find & all you needed was their last name. However, not all counties may have that… so maybe its not even an option in your county.

I’d just call the superior court office & see what you have to do to get more info. Maybe try the City Clerk office cause they would handle public records.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If there was one, and he remembers the lawyer that was used in the divorce they should have copies or be able to tell him where he can obtain copies of the official divorce decree.

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