How do I get a copy of my divorce papers?

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How do I get a copy of my divorce papers?

Asked on July 7, 2015 under Family Law, North Carolina

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Getting a copy of divorce papers is a fairly routine process.  A divorce decree is recorded by a court clerk in local and state records. As a party to the proceeding you can get a certified copy, which will act as offical proof of your divorce. 

What you'll need to do to get a copy of your divorce papers is to apply to the vital statistics office in the state where the divorce was granted. Typically, such a request can be made by phone, mail, online or in person.   

The person asking for a copy of the papers will need to be prepared to provide some basic information about the divorce, such as the full names of both the husband and wife; the date of the divorce, where the divorce was granted, and what is the reason for requesting a copy. 

Depending on how you made your request (by by mail, in person, etc.), it can take anywhere from 10 days to 6 weeks to get your copy.


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