How to Obtain a Divorce Date

By Mary Jane Freeman

To obtain your divorce date -- the date on which your divorce became final -- you can order copies of your divorce decree or divorce certificate. Typically, you can order these divorce records from the local court, the health department or from the attorney who represented you in the case.

Divorce Decree

A divorce decree is the official court order that establishes your legal divorce. It is signed and issued by the judge who presided over your divorce case. In addition to your divorce date, the decree contains the specific terms of your divorce, such as property and debt division, alimony, custody and child support. To order this document, contact the clerk of the court where the divorce proceeding took place. You will likely be charged a small fee for a certified copy. You may also obtain a copy from your attorney if you had one during your divorce.

Divorce Certificate

You can also obtain your divorce date by ordering a divorce certificate. Unlike the divorce decree, this document contains only basic information, such as spouses' names, date and place of divorce and case number. Divorce certificates are typically available through the state health department for a small fee. You may also order a divorce certificate online from VitalCheck, a vital records clearinghouse.

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Differences Between Divorce Decrees and Divorce Certificates


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