Obtaining Marriage and Divorce Records

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What is a Marriage or Divorce Record?

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), under the Center for Disease Control (CDC), collects certain information concerning marriage and divorce in its population surveys.  This includes: 

The main information that the NCHS collects is the total number of marriages and divorces.  The NCHS has also gathered information on cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and remarriage in its surveys.  For other marriage and divorce statistics, you may also contact the U.S. Bureau of the Census. 

Where Can I Obtain Marriage or Divorce Records?

There should be an official certificate or your marriage or divorce on file in the locality where you were married/divorced.  It will be filed in either a State vital statistics office or another local office. 

How Can I Obtain My Marriage or Divorce Records?

If you want to get a copy of your records, you should write to or visit the vital statistics office in the locality where you were married/divorced.  You should follow these steps: 

What Information Do I Need to Include?

You should include: 

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced with Marriage/Divorce Records Issues?

An attorney would be able to tell you how to obtain marriage/divorce records and may provide guidance on how to deal with government agencies.  However, the process is fairly straightforward as long as you know the locality where the marriage or divorce took place.

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Last Modified: 08-09-2011 01:41 PM PDT

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