How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Ohio?
After a divorce sometimes you find yourself in need of a copy of your divorce certificate to verify your identity, marital status or name change. You might need this document for employment purposes, legal or other business reasons. You can obtain a copy by following the process below.
Ohio’s Department of Health does not manage marriage or divorce records, only birth, and death records. So you must visit the county clerk’s office in the courthouse where your divorce was finalized.
You will need the following information when requesting a copy. You can request a copy in person or in writing by including:
- Your name, address, and phone number.
- Both parties first and last names.
- The year the divorce took place.
- If you have the case or docket number, include that as well, it will make searching and finding the record easier.
Processing time will vary by the courthouse, but it may take a few days if you request it in writing. Be sure to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope when writing in your request by mail.
The fees may vary by county, but some courthouses such as the Franklin Courthouse in Colum-bus only charges $1.00 for a certified copy. If you appear in person, you may need to pay additional fees such as a .10 per page, cost plus the $1.00 certification fee. Your fee may be paid by check or money order or if in person by cash.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your divorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card. Additional fees may apply for expedited service and processing through their online system.
You have one more option, which is to contact your original divorce attorney or that of your ex-spouse. They should have a copy of the file, but if they do not, they can help you obtain one through the court system. There may be legal fees involved.