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Where can I get a copies of a divorce decree?

October 2, 2017

When you get divorced, you are generally given a copy of your divorce decree and other paperwork related to the dissolution of your marriage. If you do not have a copy of your divorce decree, such as if you misplaced it or if it was damaged, you could be wondering how you can get another copy. Luckily, you should have options.

Why Do You Need Copies of Your Divorce Decree?

Now that your marriage is done and over with, you could be hoping to move on. You might not really feel the need to have a lot of paperwork related to your dissolved marriage. However, it is still a good idea to have a copy of your divorce decree on hand in case you need it.

There may be various reasons why you will need your divorce decree in the future. For one thing, if you ever choose to get remarried, you may need to be able to prove that you divorced your previous spouse before you can be granted a marriage license. In this future hypothetical scenario, the last thing that you will probably want to deal with while trying to get married is searching for a copy of your divorce decree. If you go ahead and secure one now and stash it in a safe but out of the way place, you will not have to worry about any of this hassle later on.

You might also find that you will need your divorce decree for other things as well. If you choose to change your name, have your ex-spouse’s name removed from your accounts or lease or take other similar steps to separate your lives and to start a new life on your own, you might find that you need to have paperwork related to your divorce in order to do so.

How Can You Get Copies of Your Divorce Decree?

If you do not have a copy of your divorce decree, you could be wondering how you can get your hands on one. Luckily, this should not be too difficult to do. Depending on how your divorce was handled, what state and county your divorce was handled in and how long ago your divorce was, you should have a few different options.

If you chose to hire a lawyer to help you with your divorce case, the easiest option for you might be to contact your attorney’s office for a copy of this paperwork. Even if your original lawyer no longer works for the law firm, someone else from the law firm might be able to retrieve a copy of your divorce decree for you. If not, then you may be able to get some guidance about how to get this copy from a local attorney. After all, divorce lawyers in your area should be familiar with how to get this paperwork based on how things are handled in your county and state.

You may also be able to get a copy of your divorce decree from the courts. If you contact your local clerk of court, he or she should be able to provide you with some guidance. In some areas, you may be able to order a copy of your divorce decree online. You may have to pay a small fee to have a copy made, but the cost should not be significant and should be well worth it so that you can have the paperwork that you need on hand.

Whether you were recently divorced or if your divorce was years ago, you will probably want to have a copy of your divorce decree on file. Luckily, there are a few different ways that you can go about getting your copy, so it should not be too difficult to do so. Then, you’ll have the paperwork that you need so that you can prove that you are divorced.

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