A marriage does not mean a lifelong partnership anymore. And that is why we see so many divorced couples all around us. According to statistics, 1 out of 3 marriages are ending in divorce in the US now. So, if you are thinking of marrying a person, it could very well be that, he or she was married before. Perhaps that is not a problem – but you will at least want to be sure that the person has got the divorce that is necessary before a second marriage. Asking for the divorce record will help you find this out.
It is always better to verify a person's past before getting involved with him or her. So you should always do the checking. And the good news is, you can legally do the checking. Divorce records are in the public domain, so you can legally check them.
Divorce records are maintained by the state as vital records. The state is legally bound to maintain records of each and every divorce in the state and is legally bound to share the information with you when you place a request. However, as divorce is a private matter, the state has to respect the privacy of the person and cannot divulge all the details. You may only find out whether the person is divorced or not, and the date and place of the divorce.
Maine divorce records may be accessed at the office of Vital Records. You need to write an application requesting for the divorce record and mail it to the address given below:
Office of Vital Records
Maine Department of Human Services
221 State Street
#11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
If you know the exact county where the divorce was granted, you can directly approach them. However, if you don’t have this information, you can send your application to the state office.
The application for accessing the divorce record should be short and precise. It should contain all the details that would be required to search for the divorce record. Do remember, if you fail to supply the information correctly, it may cause cancellation. You must furnish the full name of the people involved in the divorce, the date of divorce, the place where the divorce was granted, and others like this. You must also furnish your name, address, pin code, phone number and email address. You need to clearly specify your relationship with the people involved in the divorce. You also need to mention your purpose for obtaining the record.
There are several websites that collect divorce records from the authority. They can help you too. For a fee, they can help you get the record quickly.
To request certified Maine divorce decrees, follow the instructions below:
First, download the Copy of Vital Record application.
Fill out the Divorce section on the form, including the full name of the husband and wife, date of divorce, and the Superior Court in the County or District the divorce was filed.
Send the application to the address below, and include a check or money order for $15 for a certified copy, or $10 for a non-certified copy. Walk-in requests are acceptable in the office during business hours. Cash payments are acceptable from walk-in orders only.
Contact the following department for more details or assistance:
Maine Vital Records
11 State House Station
244 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Where to Find Maine Divorce Records
All vital records in the state of Maine are kept at the Vital Records office in the Division of Public Health Systems. All divorce records from 1923 to the present can be requested from this office. Divorce records from 1892 to 1922 are stored at the Maine State Archives.
Online Availability of Maine Divorce Records
Online requests for divorce records are not accepted by the Vital Records office in the state of Maine. However, they have partnered with VitalCheck.com for those who wish to conduct an online search for additional fees.
Maine Divorce Record Fees
Fees for conducting a divorce record search and providing a certified copy are $15 and $6 for each additional certified copy. Non-legal or non-certified copies are available for $10.