In January 1, 1963, the New York State Department of Health started to maintain divorce files. Before that date, the Clerk’s office had already started keeping the New York Divorce Records. That means that if you want to retrieve the files of divorces that occurred in before the said date, you can get it only at the Clerk’s office.
Divorce files in New York have two types: a divorce decree and a divorce certificate. A divorce decree reveals the terms and conditions of the case. Access to it is only given to the couple, their lawyers, or anyone who has the consent of the court. A divorce certificate reveals a few important pieces of information regarding the divorce file such as the full names of the couple, when they were born, their residential address, and when and where the divorce was finalized, amongst others.
If you want to retrieve divorce files, you can head to the State Department of Health or at the Clerk’s office and place formal request. You can also make a request through telephone, mail, or through the Internet. You will ask for a certain amount of fee for every request, which varies on what type of request you choose to use. You can pay the fees only by credit card, money order or a certified check. The retrieval process is pretty lengthy as it could reach up to a couple of weeks. Thankfully, you can choose for a priority handling, which will trim down the time that you have to wait to get the results. You can also place a request to retrieve the files of another individual. You will be given just a few details of the files but they are enough to prove the validity of a divorce.
Should a divorced person want to enter another marriage in the future, he or she must secure a divorce fie and present it to the court where a marriage license is applied for. Without the file, the license will not be awarded and without a license, a marriage is considered invalid. In addition, if a divorced person wishes to claim any property or assets from a previous marriage, a divorce file will also be required.
Apart from public offices, you can also get divorce files from online search tools that specialized in providing such files to the public. They have the authorization from the court to provide the files so there is no need to worry about any breaches against the law. There are a number of search tools available on the Web. Make sure that you know the history of a certain search tool before you actually use them. Do a little research and determine if other users find them to be reliable or not.
Are Divorce Records Public? They are certainly are. That is because they are considered as part of the public domain. And records that are part of the public domain can be accessed by any member of the general public if they wish to do so. However, there are certain protocols that need to be followed in terms of how the files should and can be used and anyone who does not observe them shall suffer corresponding penalties.