There are only two ways that a marriage could be dissolved, and even then, one of the reasons and methods of dissolving a marriage comes naturally considering that that method is the death of one of the parties to the marriage. The other method of dissolving or terminating the marital bond would be to go through the proper procedure to dissolve the marriage, and this is called a divorce. As an official procedure, the government would keep copies of the records and they are available as Free Divorce Records in some jurisdictions and could be requested for by people who would always find some use for these records.
To understand the importance of divorce records, one should first understand the importance of marriage not only to the parties to the marriage but also to the community and the world in general. Marriage is something that changes the status of a person, and status is something that follows the person no matter where he or she may go. The rights, responsibilities, and duties that come with the status of marriage would be terminated together with the dissolution of the marriage. This change in status is something that is also binding upon the world.
A record of divorce is also a requirement when a person who had been previously married can marry some other person, otherwise, if the first marriage was still subsisting, the second marriage could be considered as bigamous and there are jurisdictions that do prosecute bigamy as they considered it as a crime. When one is requesting for copies of divorce records, the first thing that the person who desires the record should consider is the fact that the records are not vital records and that they are not available to the public at all times, though they are considered to contain accurate information at all times and the person who would allege otherwise would have the burden of proving his or her allegation.
Typically, copies of divorce records would be found at the state level, or the departments of the state where the divorce was recorded, and at the local level of the county where the divorce was recorded. Often, the best location to look for the records in question would be at the local division because they would be easier to find there given that there are fewer records at this level. Of course, the person who wants the record should first make sure that the records are at the location. There are numerous methods that one could make the request for the records, but all of the local or county level sources do accept request for the records in person, and while this may mean travel time to the local place where the records are kept, the records requested through this method are often made available at the same day that they are requested for.
Copies of Free Public Divorce Records may also be located online through the use of online databases. Online databases are mostly privately owned database, but despite this, they contain substantially the same records at the official sources, though the fact that they are internet based means that they could be accessed from just about anywhere, and using a platform that is faster and more efficient in addition, most would only charge the most minimum of fees for the use of their services.