Most states in the US have an office that maintains all vital records. Indiana too has a Vital Records office. This office in the state does not maintain the divorce records. The Vital Records office is responsible for maintaining other records like birth, death and marriage. In the state, the divorce records are maintained at the county level. So, it is a bit more difficult to access the divorce record in Indiana, if you do not know the county from where the divorce was granted, and the date of the divorce.
Despite being in the public domain, much of the divorce records are private in nature. After all, the incident is completely personal to the person in question, and he/she must have the right to privacy. The state recognizes this fact too. Although the counties are bound to maintain records of all divorces, they cannot thus share everything with you. For instance, you can know whether a person has been divorced or not. But, you cannot find out the grounds for the divorce, details of property settlement, child custody, alimony paid and others like this.
However, the state is also legally bound to share the information with you, and will thus let you access information that is legally allowed when you ask for it. But, you are required to give certain information about the divorced person and about you, before the search can be conducted.
You need to send your application to the following office:
Indiana State Department of Health,
6 West Washington St.
Phone Number: (317) 233-2700
Fax Number: (317) 233-7210
Send your application to this office if you do not know the exact county where the divorce was allowed. This office forwards your request to the appropriate county. In case you know the exact county, you can directly apply there.
When you are making the application, please furnish the name of the divorced person (including the nickname if applicable), the likely year of divorce, city/county where the divorce was granted (if you know it), and such other details. Furnish your details too like your name, email address, phone number, address, pin code, your relationship with the divorced person, the reason for wanting to access the record, and provide your photo ID proof.
Sometimes the church may also be able to help you find the record you want. There are many who opt for a religious dissolution of marriage. These records are maintained by the church. So you can search that database too.
Like all other vital records, accessing divorce records has also become easier now. The Internet has made this possible. There are a few websites that can help you in this when you make the payment to access any vital record including divorce records. You just need to visit the website and place your request. Private websites can save you time as the process is quicker.
To retrieve copies of Indiana divorce decrees, follow the instructions below:
Determine the county in which the divorce was filed. You may contact the Indiana State Library, Geneology Section at (317) 232-3689 to request a search of their database for years 1958 to 2003.
Use the county court contact information to contact the Superior or Circuit Court and inquire about their specific procedure and fees for obtaining a certified copy of a divorce decree.
More information can be obtained from the Indiana Department of Health, whose contact details are listed below:
Indiana Department of Health
PO Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125
Where Are Indiana Divorce Records Maintained?
In Indiana, full divorce records are not kept at the state level's Vital Records in the Department of Health. Instead, the Vital Records division keeps only limited information and may provide a verification of divorce. Full copies of a divorce decree may only be obtained directly from the County Circuit Court or Superior Court where the divorce was filed.
About Indiana Divorce Databases
While the Indiana Department of Health does not maintain full records of divorces, it does provide searchable databases of divorce records from 1958 to 2003. The information in these databases only provide the name of the husband and wife, date of divorce, and county the divorce was filed. There are also databases provided on the Indiana State Library page where you can perform your own searches.
Are Divorce Records Available Online?
You can only obtain a certified copy of a divorce decree directly from the Clerk of Court in the county where the divorce was filed. However, you may still search for a verification of divorce through VitalCheck.com. VitalCheck is a separate, third party service and requires additional fees for this type of search.