Suppose you are dating someone and want to get married to the person. But you are not sure whether he or she had been previously married. It is difficult to ask a person directly about such things unless you are very sure. The person might be telling you that he or she is divorced, but can you be sure that this is the truth? The fact is, it is always best to be certain before you commit yourself. And the good news is, you can access the divorce record of an individual as the state maintains the record of each and every incident of divorce. The state is legally obligated to do this, as the divorce records are a part of vital records. You can access the information because divorce records are in the public domain.
By accessing the divorce record, you can find out whether a person is legally divorced or not. All you have to do is furnish some information about the divorced person, and about you. Your query is always kept a secret.
To access the divorce record in Missouri, you need to send an application so that your request can be processed. If you know the county that granted the divorce, you may directly approach the county. But if you are not sure, you can send your application to the state office. Here, is the address,
P.O. Box 570
To access the divorce record, you need to pay a fee. The fee has to be paid through money order or check, and you must do so when you are making the application.
To get a certified copy, you will need to visit the Clerk of the Superior court of the county where the divorce occurred.
For a successful search, you must provide some information. The information you must provide in Missouri includes the full name of the husband and wife (including nicknames if applicable), the date of divorce, their address, and such others. The more accurate your information, the more reliable the search result will be. You also need to state in your application, the purpose of wanting to know the information, your relationship with the divorced person, and you should also include your name, address and contact details.
Divorce records allow you to know whether a person is legally divorced or not. You can also find out the date on which the divorce was granted. But you should know that you cannot access the details of the divorce such as the grounds for wanting to separate legally, details on how the asset and liabilities of the couple were settled, details about child custody, visitation rights, alimony and others. Such information is protected because the state acknowledges the right to privacy of every person.
To request certified copies of Missouri divorce decrees, follow the instructions below:
First, determine the county where the divorce record was originally filed. All requests for certified copies must be made directly through the county circuit court clerk's office.
Write or call the county circuit court's office to determine their procedure and proper fees for requesting a certified divorce record.
For more information on Missouri divorce records, visit the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services website.
Divorce Records in Missouri
The state of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services created the Bureau of Vital Records to record, maintain, and issue copies of vital record documents. However, the Bureau of Vital Statistics does not maintain divorce records. All divorce records are maintained with the circuit court clerk in the county the divorce was filed with the Recorder of Deeds. All certified copy requests must go through the county recorder's office.
Where to Find Request Certified Copies of Divorce Records
Anyone wishing to request a certified copy of a divorce decree must contact the proper circuit court clerk where the divorce was filed. You can find a list of all circuit court contacts in the Missouri County Officials directory.
Online Availability of Missouri Divorce Records
The Bureau of Vital Records does not operate an online request procedure. However, they have partnered with VitalCheck.com where individuals can make a request for divorce record online for additional fees.