Divorce is a public process in North Carolina. Any interested member of the public can seek out divorce records and can share what they find with others.
However, few people are actually looking for other people’s divorce records. Instead, it is often the person who got divorced who needs a copy of a divorce decree or some other record associated with the divorce. For example, they might need this evidence when trying to get married for a second time to prove that their first marriage was dissolved.
Below, we identify the best methods for obtaining divorce records.
Request a Divorce Certificate from Vital Records
A divorce certificate validates that two people are divorced and is often all a person needs. You can request a copy of a divorce certificate at the Clerk of Court’s office in the county in which you obtained your divorce, or you can contact the Vital Records office. To contact the NC Vital Records Office, you can call 919-733-3000.
If you are making a request to the Vital Records office, you can download a PDF form to fill out. Either enter the information directly into the form or print off the form and hand write in the information. Remember to always keep a copy of the completed form for your records.
For a divorce certificate, the form asks the number of copies you want and whether you want the certificate certified (you probably do). You must also include:
- Each spouse’s full name
- Date of divorce
- Location of divorce (city or county)
As of April 2020, it costs $24 to get one copy of the divorce certificate. If you want an additional copy, it is an additional $15 per copy. Expedited requests require payment of an additional $15 fee. You should send the printed request to the address provided on the form.
Also include your identification with the request. This is required. Not everyone can order a copy of a divorce certificate through the Vital Records Office. Current acceptable identification is listed on the form itself.
Obtain Divorce Records at the Courthouse
People can also obtain divorce records by visiting the courthouse of the county where a couple was divorced. You will need to speak with the Clerk of Court about obtaining court records. You can find the relevant courthouse by using this map provided by the North Carolina Judicial Branch.
To obtain divorce records, you typically need the names of the parties, the date of the divorce, and the case number. There should be computers to assist looking up a case number if you do not already have it.
If you go to the courthouse, you can typically look at most of the divorce record file. This means you can see the divorce decree, which goes into detail about child custody and the division of marital property. In other words, you can find out much more than simply a copy of the divorce certificate.
Need Assistance? Contact a Family Law Attorney in Monroe, NC
At Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, LLP we help men and women through the divorce process. Our firm can meet with you to discuss what to expect in terms of child custody, alimony, and the division of marital property. Please contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.