How to Get Copies of a Divorce Decree in Texas

By River Braun, J.D.

How to Get Copies of a Divorce Decree in Texas

By River Braun, J.D.

Whether your divorce has just been finalized or you have been divorced for several years, you should always keep a copy of your divorce decree in a safe place. If you have lost or misplaced your divorce decree, you can request a Divorce Verification from the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, this letter is not a copy of your divorce decree. You can only obtain a copy of your divorce decree from the court that granted the divorce.

Wedding band on a decree of divorce

Contact the District Clerk's Office to Request Copies of a Divorce Decree in Texas

The first step in obtaining copies of a divorce decree is to contact the district clerk's office in the county in which the divorce was granted. The Texas Department of Human Resources provides a list of district clerks' offices on its website. You can view the district clerk's name, address, and telephone number on the website.

It is recommended that you contact the district clerk's office in person to inquire about the procedure for obtaining copies of divorce decrees. The procedure for requesting copies and the fees for copies vary from court to court.

For example, the Montgomery County District Clerk provides forms online that you can use to request copies in person or by mail. Images may also be viewed online in Montgomery County. These images are not certified and may not be acceptable copies in some situations, and you must complete a public access request form to gain access to images online. In Harris County, you can purchase uncertified copies online. Requests for certified copies of divorce decrees must be made through the clerk's office. You may purchase both uncertified and certified copies of divorce decrees through public kiosks located in the clerk's office.

Because the process for obtaining copies of a divorce decree vary by county, it is usually best to contact the district clerk's office by telephone or in person. You can save yourself time and money by learning about the procedure for obtaining copies of divorce decrees either through the clerk's website or by speaking directly with the clerk's office.

In most cases, you need the full name of the parties, the date of the divorce, and the court case number to request a copy of a divorce decree. Most counties conduct a simple search for this information if you do not have it, but you must pay a research fee.

Reasons to Obtain a Copy of a Divorce Decree in Texas

You may need to provide proof of your divorce for a variety of reasons. For instance, when you change your name on your driver's license or social security card. You may also need a copy of your divorce decree to change the beneficiary on some retirement accounts and life insurance policies. You may also need the divorce decree to remove your spouse from your bank account or notify your child's school of custody and time-sharing arrangements.

If you cannot locate your divorce decree, it is best to obtain another copy as soon as possible. You never know when you may need to present a copy of the decree to prove you are divorced. You may even want to obtain several certified copies of your divorce decree just so you always have one on hand.

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