Are you a family historian who is currently trying to trace someone in the family who got divorced as slipped out of everyone’s mind? Yes, this can happen, particularly if the divorce is from a long time in the past. A divorce record can help you establish the correct name of the ex-partner, and the county where the divorce was granted.
But that is not the only purpose why people want to access divorce records, whether it is in the state of Nebraska or somewhere else in the US. There are those who make the appeal to get an official copy of their own divorce decree. After all, this is an official document that is acceptable at many government offices, and there could be many reasons for forwarding this one. The last group of people who want the record is those who want a confirmation that the dates in their lives are actually divorced, as has been claimed.
Everyone cannot. If you do not qualify and you still make the application, it is sure to be rejected. You will be wasting your time and the office's time.
You should know that there are certain legal rules and constraints because of which only a few people can access the divorce record. You can get the record if you are one of the two people in the divorce, or if you are a direct family member, like a parent, sibling, grandparent, or if you have a court order to access the record.
In some instances, the department might release the record for genealogy research. For more details about qualification, please visit the Vital Records website.
Nebraska divorce records are maintained at the Vital Records Office. Ensure that you complete the application form in full, and enclose a valid photo ID to get the copy.
Fill out the application form. There you must provide details like names of the spouses, date and place of divorce, your contact information, and your relationship with the divorced people. You must also state why you want the record. Do try to let them know everything you are aware of, because this will help the office search for the record. And do ensure that whatever information you are providing is correct. Your application will be rejected if you provide incorrect information.
Now put your signature on the form and send it over to the following address, along with the fee. You can pay the fee either by check or money order.
p (308) 428-3625
P.O. Box 275
p (402) 497-3021
p (308) 654-3376
To request a certified Nebraska divorce certificate, please follow these instructions:
Download the Nebraska Divorce Certificate application from the Vital Records website.
Complete the application in full. Be sure to read all the instructions, particularly about enclosing a copy of your government ID to certify proper purpose.
Send the application to the address below. You must include a check or money order in the amount of $11 to pay the fee for a certified copy.
Mail your request form to:
Nebraska Office of Vital Records
PO Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
Where Nebraska Divorce Records are Maintained
In Nebraska, the office of Vital Records in the Department of Health and Human Services maintains all vital records, including divorce records. Divorce records have been kept on file at this state office since 1909. Any request for a divorce record prior to this date may be directed to the County Clerk where the divorce was filed.
Who May Request a Divorce Record?
There are certain laws and restrictions that limit who may obtain a certified divorce certificate. Generally, only the persons listed in the divorce document, or their children, may request a certified copy. There are instances that the Vital Records may release divorce records for genealogy research. Check the Vital Records website below to read about the restrictions and processes.
Online Availability of Divorce Records
Those who wish to obtain a certified divorce record may only do so through VitalCheck, a partner with the Vital Records office approved for online orders. Proper ID is still required for this request.