If you wish to access Kansas divorce records, you need to follow certain guidelines.
Divorce records can be accessed for a variety of reasons. For instance, you may have been married and may want to re-marry, and want to access the divorce record so that you can prove that you are single and eligible to get married again. Or you may want to find out whether the person you are thinking of marrying has actually divorced or not or whether he/she has just applied for the divorce. The record can help you carry out a background check on the person.
Divorce records are also essential for carrying out genealogy searches. When a person gets divorced, he or she is often lost from memory soon enough, particularly if the event took place many years back. As a family historian who is trying to trace back or create the family tree, the record can help you.
To access Kansas divorce records, you will need to write an application requesting for it. Make your letter short and concise; a long letter is often confusing. Remember, the staff at the state office is usually very busy, and so, you must make an effort to make their job easier. So, keep it short, and include all relevant information. If the information you provide is inadequate or misleading, your application might even be rejected. It will take a lot of time for you to get the record even if it is accepted.
Provide relevant information like the full name of the husband and wife, their date of divorce, the place where they got divorced, their last known address, and others like this. You also need to include your name, address, pin code, phone number, email address, and you must also furnish a valid photo identity proof, and the purpose for wanting to access the divorce record.
You can find out whether the person is actually divorced or not. In addition, you also get to know the date, time and the place where the divorce was granted.
While divorce records are in the public domain, but there are still some restrictions on how much information can be shared. The state recognizes your right to information, and the person’s right to privacy. So, you cannot get details like the cause of divorce, the allegations, information about how the asset and liabilities were divided, how the child custody was settled, alimony, and others like this.
Divorce records are maintained at the county level, so it would be better if you can directly contact the appropriate county. In case you do not know the exact county, you may submit your application in the state office, which in turn will forward the request to the correct county.
The state office address is as follows:
Office of Vital Statistics
1000 S W Jackson, Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone Number: (785) 296-1400
Fax Number: (785) 357-4332
If you need certified copies of the record, you can access it from the state office for $15.00.
To request Kansas divorce decrees, follow these instructions:
Visit the Dept. of Health and Environment website and download the Certified Copy of Kansas Divorce Certificate application.
Follow all instructions and complete the form with the full name of husband and wife, including maiden name, date of divorce, city and county divorce was filed.
Copy your government-issued photo ID and include it with the application as proof of your eligibility for the record.
Mail your application to the address below, or walk in to the office, with a check or money order for $15 to cover the search fee. Credit card payments may be made by phone orders only.
The following government agency can provide you with further assistance and details:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Office of Vital Records
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 120
Topeka, KS 66612-2221
Where Kansas Divorce Records are Maintained
Kansas state law provides the maintenance of divorce records through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Statistics from 1951 to the present. While only a certificate with basic information about a divorce is kept at the state level, all original divorce documents are stored at the County District Court where the divorce was filed.
Certified Divorce Record Fees
State law requires a fee of $15 for a five-year search for any divorce record, whether a record is found or not. Additional copies are also $15. Expedited service is an extra $11 fee.
Are Kansas Divorce Records Online?
The Vital Statistics office does not process online orders. However, they have partnered with VitalCheck.com to allow persons to perform a divorce record search online for an additional fee.