Focus your search by narrowing by category, such as birth, marriage & death or military service & conflict. A judge oversees and rules in even the simplest divorce proceedings. The table below shows where you can find records for each court. Your best bet is to search the state’s website or to contact the local court clerk. All divorce proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court prior to the establishment of the Family Court in 1980 continued to be handled by the Supreme Court. These types of records are used for various purposes. These records are commonly requested by the divorced party who needs a copy of their own divorce record for name change purposes or even an application for a new marriage license to someone else. The husband or wife could subsequently apply to the church court for a declaration of nullity. The husband of an adulterous wife could take out a civil suit of criminal conversation in the Court of King’s Bench or Common Pleas to claim damages from his wife’s lover. A short history of divorce in England and Wales since 1858, 5. Additionally, if the petitioner and the defendant shared the same last name, the defendant’s surname would be abbreviated to simply the first letter of the last name. You may find reports of sensational trials in newspapers from the late 18th century. The Matrimonial Causes Act of 1857 created the Court of Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, which assumed jurisdiction over matrimonial issues that had formerly been seen to by the ecclesiastical courts. These are described as ‘full files’ in our catalogue. I’m trying to track down a record on my hubby’s great grandfather Samuel Bratt, who married Rose Getz in Los Angeles, CA on March 20th, 1939. Contact the Central Family Court for more information. In order to remarry, a full divorce by Act of Parliament was required. Within this 20-year period, you can apply to the relevant court for permission to see the file. Civil registration began in Britain in 1837. The church (consistory) courts of the bishops could grant a declaration of nullity, meaning the marriage was considered invalid from the start. Divorce records pertaining to divorces taking place between around 1918 and 1975 in several judicial areas of Alberta are located at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Civil registration began in Britain in 1837. Amanda Bevan, Tracing your ancestors in The National Archives (7th ed, Kew, 2006), Roderick Philips, ‘Divorced, beheaded, died…’, History Today XLIII (1993), 9-12, Griselda Rowntree and Norman H Carrier, ‘The resort to divorce in England and Wales, 1858-1957’, Population Studies XI (3) (1958) 188-233, Lawrence Stone, Road to divorce: England 1530-1987 (Oxford, 1990), 383-416, For quick pointersTuesday to Saturday Once you have located your ancestor’s entry in this index, you can use the date and file number to order the case notes from The National Archives by following the link provided in the Useful Links & Resources section. Divorce records generally have no restrictions. The original entry books are held by The National Archives under the series title J78, Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes and Supreme Court of Judicature, High Court of Justice, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division: Principal Probate Registry: Indexes to Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files, and are made available here under license. Narrow your search by using double quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “John Williams”. These divorce records are public records, which means that … Some entries have as many as eight individuals named as defendants. 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You may want to find out if someone is divorced. See a list of all the records you've looked at* View any record in the list again for free × In the late 1960s divorce was taken over by the county courts and most divorces now take place at county courts. Registers of divorce cases investigated by the King’s or Queen’s Proctor, from 1875, are in TS 29. New York divorce records are considered public records. v3.0, except where otherwise stated, 2. The transcripts provide the following information about your ancestor: Name; Year of petition; Party number, which refers to the filing order of the parties involved. You may find records of the deed and correspondence among family or estate records. Please note that there will be a fee associated with orders placed through The National Archives. This basic information will include obvious details such as the full names and dates of birth of the two people involved, as well as the date they were married and the date that the final divorce decree was granted. v3.0, Quarter session papers and newspapers in local archives, Declaration of nullity, annulment or divorce a mensa et thoro by church courts, The National Archives and local archives (see, Parliamentary Archives (The National Archives holds a few examples), Articles covering newsworthy divorce cases 1785-1985 – for these search, copies of decrees (from about 1870- c1937), if religious scruples prevented them from divorcing, disputes over property rights and settlements made at the time of separation, church orders directing payment of money as maintenance (these could be enrolled up to six months after being made), a formal statement of the terms of the appeal (usually based on faults in the previous legal proceedings, rather than on the intrinsic justice of the case), a note of any appearance by the parties and their statement.