Are you getting married to a person who has been married earlier? Are you sure that what you know is the truth? It may not be as simple as it appears. It is really very important to completely verify a person's background before getting involved with him or her. Luckily, you can check the divorce records in the US, because each state is obligated to maintain all records. So ask for the divorce records just to be certain before you sign the marriage document.
Divorce records are also needed for other purposes. Perhaps you are creating your family tree, and want to trace a family member – the record might help here.
You can access the divorce records easily. They are kept at the state's office of Vital Records. However, if records are not found there, then you will need to contact the county that had granted the divorce.
You can approach this office to get the Hawaii divorce record:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Vital Statistics Section
P.O. Box 3378
You may either visit the office in person or mail your application to the above address. But you should know that the divorce records are usually maintained at the county level, and so, it is always best to approach the county office directly, if you know which county to approach.
The application form for accessing certified copies of divorce records may be downloaded from the website of the Hawaii Department of Health. This application may be handed over in person to the authorities at the state office or may also be mailed to them.
The application must include all the relevant details for carrying out the search. This includes the full name of the husband and wife, the date of divorce, and the place where the divorce was granted. The more accurate your information is, the narrower the search will be.
You also must supply your name, phone number and address. You must mention your relationship with the divorced person and the reason why you want to get the record. Be ready to pay a fee of $10.00 for the first certified copy of the divorce record. Additional copies will cost $4.00. You can pay it by check or money order. Remember to attach it with the application.
Not every little detail associated with the divorce is shared. You can only access information on whether the divorce was granted or not. The right to privacy protects information such as property settlement details, the cause of divorce, child custody, and others.
Finally, you should know that you can know about the divorce only if you share a lineal relationship with the people involved. So you can get it if you are a parent, grandparent, child or sibling.
Retrieve Hawaii divorce decrees by following the instructions below:
Read the instructions on the form. Then complete the form with all requested information, including full name of husband and wife, date and place the divorce was filed, your relationship to the person(s) on the certificate, and the reason for the request.
Submit the completed form by mail to the address below along with a cashier's check or money order for $10.00.
For more information, contact the following agency:
Hawaii State Department of Health
Vital Records Issuance Section
PO Box 3378
Honolulu, HI 96801
Where are Hawaii Divorce Records Found?
Hawaii formed the Office of Health Status Monitoring to track and preserve all vital record events within the state. Divorce records are also maintained here.
Who May Request a Divorce Certificate?
Access to vital records is restricted only to those who are directly involved within the record, or who have a tangible interest in the divorce record. That may include a spouse or ex-spouse, parents, children, or a legal representative.
Costs of a Divorce Record Request
The fee for a certified Hawaii divorce record is $10.00 for the first copy and $4.00 for any additional copies. Personal checks are not accepted. Thus, only payment by cashier's check or money order is acceptable for mail or in-person requests.