Divorces are ideally settled in private. Turning to the Courts should only be the last resort when all else fails. Whenever it comes to that, personal privacy will be all but gone with the wind. It is often overlooked that divorces affect more that just the couple themselves. Sometimes, members of the family, especially the children, are impact even more. In any case, divorces never do anybody any good.
Divorce court trials are open to all and court records are public records. That means that anyone has the right to access and view anybody’s divorce court records as long as it’s done through the proper channels. Divorce court records are maintained at the local courthouse where the divorce court proceedings were conducted. Since divorce records are under state jurisdiction, they are subsequently uploaded to state record repositories.
Information In Divorce Court Records
The information recorded in divorce court case files includes personal particulars of the separating parties, their parents’ and children’s, time, place and grounds for the divorce, filing number, decree, asset division and settlement, restraining orders, children custody and so forth. Financial issues are also often addressed. It is important to know where the divorce occurred in order to start a divorce court record search. Otherwise, it would be like groping in the dark as county courthouses are not linked among themselves in their divorce court records.
Divorce court records are used in many ways, most notably to check on people’s marital background, support legal proceedings, genealogy research and locating biological parents by adopted children. It used to be quite a challenge to search divorce court records and often required expensive professional investigators. Nowadays, it has become quite a breeze as a result of computerization and the internet.
There are basically two versions of divorce court records, free and paid. Expectedly, free sources are generally scattered and raw, entailing further work. Good value divorce court records are readily available with a small financial outlay. It may prove critical if the search is for a serious purpose.