Divorce is the legal dissolution of marriage. Although a bitter experience of life, divorce is a reality. One out of every three marriages in the US results in divorce these days. As the divorce rate keeps going up, recording these events becomes important. In fact, since divorce records are a part of Vital Records, all the states including Wyoming are legally bound to maintain it, and since it is in the public domain, the information contained in the record can be shared with the public too. However, the procedure of accessing the divorce records often differs from one state to another. Wyoming has quite a simple procedure though. The state's Department of Health has been maintaining divorce records since May 1941.
Divorce records may be needed for several reasons. They help to establish whether a person is legally divorced or not. It is important to have this information if you wish to marry someone who you know have already been married before. A divorce record helps a person prove that he or he is eligible to get married again. Divorce records may also be needed by a person who is trying to find a lost relative who got separated because of the divorce.
To access the divorce record in Wyoming, the first thing you must do is write an application letter. Make it to the point. It should include all the relevant details that would be needed for the search. You need to send your application to the following address:
Wyoming Vital Records Services
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone Number: (307) 777-7591
Divorce records can also be obtained from the Superior court in the county where the divorce was granted. Different counties have a different procedure for providing divorce records. Sometimes, you may be referred back to the state. However, usually it is the county that can help you.
The application should include all the necessary information that is needed to carry out the search. You must mention the name of the husband and wife, the date of their divorce, their last known address, nicknames if any, and anything you feel might be important. You also need to clearly specify your relationship with the divorced person (as the record cannot be given to anyone), and why you want to have it (the reason). You must also include your contact details including the phone number and address. Plus, it is necessary for you to furnish your valid photo identity proof.
For this service, you need to pay a fee of $13.00. This fee may be paid either through check or money order, and this should be included with your application. The fee is not refundable.
The office will conduct a search on receiving your application, and once found, the information will be forwarded to you. Your application can be rejected if your relationship is not convincing. It can also be rejected if your cause is not acceptable.
To request a Wyoming divorce record, please follow the instructions below:
Go to the Wyoming Vital Records website and download the "Printable Marriage or Divorce Application Form".
Carefully read all the instructions first. Then complete the form with the full names of the husband and wife, date and place of occurrence, and your address where the copy should be mailed. Be sure to make an enlarged legible copy of your photo ID.
Submit the completed application to the address found below. Include a non-refundable check or money order for $13.
Send your application to:
Vital Statistics Services
Cheyenne, WY 82002
About Wyoming Divorce Records
Vital events are important records for every state. In Wyoming, divorce records are considered vital events and have been kept on file and maintained by the Vital Statistics Services of the Wyoming Department of Health since May 1941.
Where to Obtain Older Divorce Records
Older divorce records prior to May 1941 are maintained by the County Clerk in the county where the divorce was filed. All requests for older records must be placed directly with that county clerk's office.
Restrictions on Obtaining Wyoming Divorce Records
Wyoming has strict guidelines for anyone requesting a certified copy of a divorce certificate. Only the parties on the document or their legal representatives may place a request. Proper ID is required, and if this is not available, then a notarized signature.