Birth, marriage, death, divorce records are all examples of vital records collected by states. In some jurisdictions, the information is a matter of public record and can be freely accessed by anyone. In other states, the information is usually only released to one of the people named on the certificate, a close family member, or a legal representative acting for one of the people named on the certificate.
The Freedom of Information Act allows the public to request copies of divorce records for a number of purposes, including conducting background checks for personal or employment reasons. The person conducting the search will not reveal his or her identity and the information will be delivered confidentially.
Divorce records also provide valuable information that can fill in details for genealogical research. Family historians can use it to fill in details such as the full names of the parties to the marriage, their ages, and the time and place of their divorce. The record will also indicate grounds for divorce, which can be added to the family story.
Immigrants are another group who can benefit from making an application for divorce records under the Freedom of Information Act. An immigrant spouse's status can be affected depending on when the divorce is finalized, and having a copy of the document on hand can help to make clarify matters.
Members of the public who wish to order divorce records can visit private records providers like StatesDivorce.com to place requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
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