Tuesday, December 8, 2009

By Darren Cole

Divorce is very much a part of American society. The filing of their records is an official routine and legislations are in place to ensure that. They are governed by State laws and it's mandatory that they are made available as a public amenity by the authorities. Public Divorce Records can typically be requested free of charge from State repositories. Needless to say, they are subject to guidelines and procedures as the information derived through them are inherently personal and private in nature.

The records are useful to people in different ways. For example, they are required as proof of single-status as eligibility to apply for a marriage license by those who were married before. They also feature extensively in background checks and verification of personal particulars for employment screening and other official purposes but the greatest impetus by far for their retrieval has to be to check out an individual's marital past by a romantic partner.

If you know the particular county at which the Final Decree of the divorce was granted, the whole process of obtaining the associated information is much easier. You may have to visit the office physically especially if waiting time is an issue. Mail, telephone, fax and increasingly the online option over the internet are typically also offered. The standard information on divorce records comprises the names and ages of the couple, date and place of marriage and divorce, filing number, asset division, settlement, children and their custody and visitation arrangement, reason for divorce and other pertinent information. If there were multiple divorces, searches at State repositories will produce all of them as long as they were granted within the same state.

Divorce Public Records can generally also be requested from the appointed central State agency in person, mail, telephone, fax and online over the internet. The fees are usually nominal as they are charged to cover only the administrative and other overhead costs but not for the records per se. As is characteristic of government outfits, waiting time is involved ranging from same-day to several months depending on the mode of request, queue and the particular office involved.

With the advent of computerization and the internet, public records can now be readily found online and divorce records are no exception. There are basically two versions namely the free and fee-based. Free sources are mainly governmental facilities but procedures and waiting time have to be contended with. Besides, they're often far from being plug-and-play so touch-up is usually necessary. Free divorce records from private websites are best avoided given their notoriety of virus and malware. By and large, the wisdom is in going with fee-based providers as their professional standards are often necessary for official purposes.

With commercial record providers in the fray, the industry has become highly competitive in price and quality. This bodes well for users especially private parties. Gone are the days when public divorce records were mainly retrieved by professional investigators, divorce lawyers and court officials. Private consumption has long taken over the lion's share of their access. After all, they're now very affordable, hassle-free and convenient not to mention practically 100% discreet.

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