is the Final Divorce Record?
Article Summary: A final divorce
record is available after the parties have worked out the details
of the divorce. Using online records searches will help you find
this record fast and efficiently.
Most divorces happen in stages. Many records are filed before the
word “final” is stamped on the divorce record and it
becomes part of the county vital records. This can be confusing
to someone who is searching for information about a divorce. Here
is some clarity on what happens during a divorce before it filed
with other county vital records.
One spouse sues the other for divorce.
While this is a divorce record that is filed in court, it is
not mean that the divorce is going to be granted in the way
the petitioner wants or that it will even be granted at all.
Many times a person files for divorce and then later reconciles
with their spouse.
Even after the other spouse responds, the
divorce is not final. There could be many preliminary hearings,
custody arrangements and financial settlements worked out in
the early stages of the divorce. These may be filed but these
are not the official divorce record.
A temporary agreement may be entered while
the final divorce is worked out among the spouses. This may
seem like a final divorce record because details such as spousal
support, child support and custody are ordered. Many parents
with children settle on temporary agreements for the sake of
Many spouses agree to legal separations
while they are considering divorce. These separations will allow
the parties to determine if they can reconcile or if they need
to proceed. Many times couples go through counseling during
this time. Again, this is part of the divorce record but not
the final agreement.
The final divorce record is filed after
the parties have reached an agreement and it is signed by a
judge. If the divorced is friendly, there may be no hearings
or temporary agreements before the divorce is final. In some
states, non contested divorces can be granted within 30 to 90
days. Once the divorce is granted, the attorneys and the clerks
still have to file the final vital record and it may not be
available for a few weeks.
If you don’t want to be confused by dates
of temporary settlements or other filings, you can find out if a
divorce record is complete by searching an online company that offers
vital records searches. These companies only list a divorce record
that is final. You don’t have to waste your time searching
through the courthouse to find out if it is ready. In most cases,
once it is listed in an online records search company, it is final.
Many people think they have to be an Internet wizard or pay a lot
of money to use an online records search company to find a divorce
record. In fact, the records search is simple. Just put in the name
and other information of the person you are looking for and you
will be directed to a screen that shows what is available. And the
searches are not expensive. A divorce record search can cost as
little as $5 for one search or you can buy a package and search
many vital records.