Public Divorce Records...
Why You May Need them and How to Go About Your Search

Searching public divorce records may be something you need to do from time to time for a variety of reasons. 

Perhaps you want to grab a copy of your divorce decree and can't find it anywhere in your paperwork?  Perhaps you would like to look into someone you are dating's divorce for the betterment of you and your children if involved?

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Whatever the reason these records can provide valuable information.

A divorce record can provide a number of things that will be insightful.  Why spend time to only find out the ex spouse is an ex convict or that your current love interest has a horrible financial record.  Chances are this will come up in discussions, but you just never know. 

You may also want to look into who your ex is hanging out with if they are divorced because you either want them to be safe or want to know who your children will be around. 

What if your young child says mommy's new boyfriend hit her the other day and yells a lot at them?  What if you had proof in your hands to combat any denial that may happen? If you have to follow up legally, then you are prepared.

O.k., so you know you need to obtain divorce public records (or other records for that matter).  Let's dive into some basics so you know what you're looking for and how to begin your search.


What is Entailed in Public Records for Divorce...

To keep it fairly simple, these divorce forms provide detailed report with information regarding the divorce settlement, custody, alimony arrangements, and the reasons for divorce.  You will also get information regarding abuse and restraining orders which are important to know.

You can certainly obtain these records for free by searching the web.  Many of the public divorce records are kept at either the state level or county courthouses.  Some charge a fee and some will allow you to view these records without charge. 

Importance of Divorce Public Records...

To reiterate much of what we've said already, below are reasons these records can benefit you.

-If you are involved with someone and want to know their history because you aren't sure they are eluding to everything, then these will inform you.  Issues will be indicated from previous marriages and this could be indications of problems you may have with them in the relationship.  Again, this could include a partner your ex is involved with that your children may be around.

-Just because someone tells you they are divorced doesn't mean they are.  Many people begin to date long before a divorce is final or will tell you what you want to hear.  If you are enjoying time with this person and don't feel they are telling you the truth, don't you think you have the right to know?

-Other reasons to search public divorce records could be to locate relatives or understand your family tree better.  These are less invasive projects but could prove helpful to understanding ones heritage.

Ways to Search Public Divorce Records...

There are three basic ways to find the information you want.

-Through your county, state, district, or whomever keeps those records.  Chances are you can start online.  However your state tracks things such as real estate taxes, court documents, etc is where the divorce records will be.  You may have to pay a fee to obtain a certified copy, but may be cheaper than other routes.

-Use an online database/private company.  You will pay a fee for these but the searches will be easier to understand and more efficient to find. They may be worth the money to get the information you need. 

-Do an online search via Google or other search engine.  You just have to know how to do the searches, but they can get you to the right point.  For example, if you do a search for "Jane Doe" "Divorce Record" Ohio, you may get the information you need. Try it out prior to the other steps.

Public divorce records can provide you with vital information and as you move forward with your life you may want to do some searching to ensure not only you but others in your life is safe.

Below are links to sources to begin your search.  These are paid options and will provide a more efficient way to obtain public records of various kinds.  We've used these before and feel confident in the information they provide to recommend them to you.

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