How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Connecticut?
After a divorce occurs, many times you need to verify your marital status, a name change or your identity and you need a copy of your divorce certificate. If you were divorced in Connecticut, you must follow the process below to obtain a copy of yours.
There are no restrictions on who can access public divorce records, and with the proper search information, you can obtain a copy of any divorce you like. You will need to specify the parties names, date of divorce and possibly other information before you are granted access and also pay the appropriate fees.
The state vital records service for Connecticut does not handle divorce records so you must visit the district court where your divorce was finalized. You should bring with you the following information when visiting the court clerk’s office:
- Your full name (including maiden name).
- Your ex-spouse’s full name.
- The date your divorce took place.
- The docket and the case number assigned to your divorce.
- Location where you were divorced (courthouse).
You will also need to pay a $25 fee for a copy of the full judgment file. There may also be per-page fees of $1/page, depending on the county. If for some reason they can not locate your record, there will not be a refund; the fee will be kept as a search fee.
If you cannot visit the courthouse where your divorce was finalized, you can use an online service like Vitalchek.com to locate and order a copy online. Vitalchek also offers expedited service if you need your copy sooner.
If you are unable to obtain a copy of your divorce decree by the methods illustrated above, you may need to contact your divorce attorney or that of your ex-spouse. They should have a copy of the file and are required to keep one for a period of years. If they do not, they can request one through the courts on your behalf. There may be additional fees using a lawyer to obtain one for you.