How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Alabama?
Many times after your divorce, you need to verify your identity, your name change or marital status. A divorce certificate does all of this and more. It also includes information regarding the division of assets, any child-related matters and alimony or other spousal payments.
In Alabama, divorce records are unrestricted, so anyone with enough information who is willing to pay the fees can obtain a copy of anyone's divorce certificate.
The information needed to search for a divorce record is:
- Husband’s name.
- Wife’s name, including maiden name.
- Date of divorce.
- County where the divorce was finalized.
- Your name.
- Your signature.
- Address where you want the certificate mailed.
- Your phone number.
You will need to pay a $15 fee to search for a divorce certificate, whether or not they find one. That fee includes one certified copy, which will be mailed to you or printed out while you wait. You can request additional copies for $6 each. You may pay with a check or money order, and it must be made out to the “State Board of Health.”
Ways to Obtain
If you were not provided with or have misplaced your copy of the final divorce decree, you could obtain a copy in a few different ways.
You can use an online service called VitalChek and pay with a credit card to order copies of divorce certificates
You can download a mail-in application to obtain divorce certificates here.
Once completed, mail your request to the Vital Statistics office located at:
Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5625
You can also visit any county health department and have them search for a record. In most cases, they can issue you a copy while you wait.
If you are unable to use any of the avenues above, you can contact your original attorney or your ex-spouse’s. There may be legal fees involved for them to obtain a copy for you if they do not still have yours on hand.