Searching through West Virginia divorce records can reveal vital information that you may need to make a decision about someone who has entered yours or a loved one’s life. Even if you don’t have suspicions that a person might not be telling the truth, it’s up to you to either find information to put your mind at ease or to reveal information that might save you time, money and heartaches. In today’s transient society, you can’t be too careful about people who enter your life, whether in a personal or professional manner. You can request a state-based search from West Virginia only if you’re a spouse of a person listed on the decree, parents, siblings or other relative – or if you’re one of the people listed in the decree. That means you’ll need to send your application request along with a copy of government identification to prove you’re who you say you are – and the reason why you need a copy of the divorce decree. After you fill out the application, mail it to Vital Records Registration Office
350 Capitol St. Room 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
Phone: (305) 558-2931
Be sure that you fill out as much of the application as possible to ensure that the report you receive is as accurate as possible. The information you provide should include the full names of the petitioner and respondent, date the divorce was granted and the county where it took place. There will be a search fee of $5 (check or money order) that you can send along with the application. Just know that the fee is non-refundable even if no record is found. The Vital Records department of West Virginia only maintains divorce records from 1967 to the present time and the record only includes the names of the people on the divorce, the date of divorce and the county where it took place. At least you’ll get the divorce status of the individual in question.
To receive more accurate and up-to-date information, you may want to choose a private, online search site to conduct your search. A reasonable fee is charged and you have the advantage of the extensive and powerful search engines and databases to pull the data you need from various places. Legal professionals and genealogists use these services on a constant basis to ensure they receive reliably accurate data for a case or to trace a family tree. As soon as you submit the information, the search will begin and usually within moments you’ll receive a complete report about the divorce decree you requested including financial settlements, maiden names, previous address and child custody issues. The report will be sent to you in confidence to your computer and you can read through it in the privacy of your home or office. Find out more about using a private, online search service and how to search through West Virginia divorce records, click on the link.