How to Obtain a Divorce Decree From California

By Anna Assad

A divorce decree, the final order from the court that officially ended the marriage, is needed for various reasons, such as to verify the divorce terms and to prove the divorce is final. Losing the original divorce decree makes proving the divorce terms or end of the marriage more difficult. Either former spouse has the right to get a certified — or official — copy of the divorce decree from the California county superior court that issued the decree.

Step 1

Visit the California county superior court that issued the divorce decree. Bring your photo identification, such as a valid state license or passport.

Step 2

Tell the court clerk you need a certified copy of the divorce decree, and ask for a copy request form. Though the forms vary by county, you typically need the following information: the names of both parties to the divorce, the date the divorce was filed, and the date the decree was issued. Sign and date the form. Give the form and your identification to the court clerk.

Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More

Step 3

Pay the clerk the fee for the copy. Fees vary by California county. Keep the divorce decree in a safe place.

Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More
Steps for Filing Divorce in California
 

References

Resources

Related articles

How to Change a Name After Marriage in Colorado

Colorado state law is based on English common law, which allows anyone to change his name without legal process. Colorado has modified this legal principle; in many cases, a court order is required to change your name. If you change your last name to your spouse's last name because of marriage, you avoid the need for a court order. You will have to comply with the requirements of various issuing authorities to replace your identity documents with new versions that reflect your new last name.

How to Find Divorce Records for the State of New Jersey

In New Jersey, the process for finding and requesting divorce records depends on the date of the divorce. The New Jersey State Archives maintain divorce records from 1900 and prior, while the Superior Court Public Information Center keeps divorce records from 1901 to 1992. To obtain divorce records from 1992 to the present, you must contact the local courthouse that handled the divorce. For divorce records from any year, you will likely have an easier search if you have case information, such as the spouses' names, divorce date, docket number and location of the local court that handled the divorce.

What Materials Are Needed for Passport Name Change After Divorce?

Your U.S. passport must be in your current, legal name. If you changed your legal name after your divorce, you need to change your name on your passport to travel outside of the country. The application procedure and supporting materials required for a passport name change differ, depending on whether your passport was issued less than one year ago.

Get Divorced Online

Related articles

How to Legally Change Your Name in San Diego County

If you are an adult residing in San Diego, California, you can legally change your name, but you’ll need to follow ...

How to Change Your Name in California

Golden State residents looking to legally change a given name or surname have a simple procedure for a new moniker. ...

How to Get Divorce Copies From Oregon

It may be necessary to obtain a copy of your divorce paperwork for several reasons; you might need it to remarry or ...

How to Get a Certified Divorce Judgment

Getting a divorce can be painful and difficult; getting a certified divorce judgment is a piece of cake. A certified ...

Browse by category
Ready to Begin? GET STARTED