Michigan divorce records can be easily accessed if you know where to approach, and have the relevant details with you. The state records all divorces that occurred from 1897, and the database is updated to the present day. These records are maintained as vital records and are available to the public as they fall in the public domain. To apply for divorce records, you need to apply to the relevant authorities by supplying accurate information, at least as much as you possibly can.
Divorce records may be needed in order to establish a person’s single status. For instance, if a person who has already been married once wants to remarry, he or she might have to produce the divorce record that will prove that he/she is eligible for re-marriage. You may need to obtain a divorce record also to check a person’s past before you get involved with him or her in your life.
To access the divorce records of a person, you need to write an application and send it to the following office:
Vital Records Office,
201 Townsend Street,
Capitol View Bldg, 3rd Floor,
Lansing MI 48913
You can go to the office between Monday and Friday during the office hours (8.00am to 5.00pm). Luckily, the state office in Michigan is better than those in most other states. Here, if you submit your application by 3.00pm, you will be able to get the record in the same day itself.
You may also obtain Michigan divorce records from the Internet. You need to make the payment using your credit or debit card.
Michigan started automating the storage of its records long time back. The records are primarily maintained at the county level. However, all county offices are networked to the central office, and so, the records can be procured from either at the public counters or through the Internet. You could approach the state office, which will then direct your request to the relevant county. Those who aren't aware the name of the county where the divorce was granted often does this.
To get a copy of the record, you must pay $15.00 by money order or check. However, the fee varies from one instance to another. This is because, how much will be charged from you will depend on how much information you have been able to provide in your application, and its accuracy. You will be charged more if you are not able to provide accurate information about the person in question.
Despite the public nature of these records, every little detail associated with the divorce cannot be shared with the public. The state recognizes the right to privacy and will thus protect much of it. However, you can find out whether the divorce was granted or not, and the date when it was granted, if it was that is. You can thus find out the present status.
The divorce record can only indicate whether the divorce actually happened, and who were the parties involved in the divorce. It will also include the date when it was granted. However, the record you get will not include such details as how the property was settled, child custody, alimony and such others.
To obtain certified Michigan divorce decrees, please follow these instructions:
Visit the Department of Community Health website and download the Michigan Divorce Record application.
Fill out the form completely. Include the full name of the husband and wife, county where divorce was granted, and the date of divorce, if known. If no exact date is known, indicate the year you wish to be searched.
Mail the completed form along with a check or money order for a non-refundable $26 fee to the address below.
If you need further assistance, the following agency can help:
Michigan Dept of Community Health
Vital Records Request
PO Box 30721
Lansing, MI 48909
About Michigan Divorce Records
Divorce records in the state of Michigan have been maintained by the State of Michigan Department of Community Health Vital Records since 1897. However, divorce records prior to 1925 are archived and may take a longer processing time to process requests. Also, Detroit divorce records for 1973 and 1974 are not available at the state Vital Records registry.
Restrictions on Obtaining Divorce Records
Divorce records in Michigan are available to any individual. However, you must describe the purpose for your request for a certified divorce record.
Turnaround Time for Divorce Requests
Regular mail requests will take about 4 weeks to process for records 1925 to present. Prior to 1925, the turnaround time could be from 1 to 3 months. Expedited service is available for an additional $10 fee.