How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Indiana?
After a divorce, at some point, you might need to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate to validate your identity, name change or marital status for purposes of insurance, employment or other business. You can get a copy by following the procedure below.
Indiana’s vital records office does not retain divorce records, so, therefore, you must contact the courthouse where your divorce was finalized. Each county may have a slightly different process, but the basics will be the same.
You must fill out an application for search and certified copy. On this application you will need to include at least the following information:
- Full names of both parties (including maiden names).
- Your name and relationship to the parties.
- Your address and phone number.
- Date of the divorce.
- Location (courthouse) and case number of your divorce.
You will need to bring this information to the court clerk’s office where your divorce was granted.
In Indiana, the court system is a little complicated so it might be difficult to locate what type of court system you need to contact to obtain your copy. You can write to the Indiana State Department of Health to help locate the right court. You can write to them here:
Indiana State Department of Health,
6 West Washington St. , Indianapolis, IN 46204
There will be fees you must pay for a copy, but they vary from county to county.
If you have difficulty using the Indiana court system, you have a couple of other options. The first one is to use an online service like VitalChek where you can search, order and pay for your divorce certificate on the web.
Another option is to contact your original divorce attorney or your ex-spouse’s and ask them for a copy. Chances are they may have it on file. Lawyers are required by law to keep copies for some years. If they do not have yours still on file, they can navigate the tricky court system to obtain one for you. There may be additional legal fees going this route, however.