Thursday, July 30, 2009

Online Free Divorce Public Records Search

By John Smith

People don't seem to have any qualms about divorce these days. This is proven a million times every year in the US. Yes, that's the divorce rate in the country and official records are kept and maintained for them. Divorce records are a public vital record category along with Marriage, Birth and Death in the majority of states and they are required by law to be made available for public access and review.

In a free society like ours, divorce is easy. It's usually just a matter of running through the formality; filing, hearing and decree. Checking on Public Records Search is not difficult either. They are comprehensively documented, filed and uploaded from the local courthouse or county office where the divorce was granted to the designated state department which is usually the data and statistics office.

Often, centralized Public Divorce Records at state-level departments fall short. As a result, deeper and more targeted searches invariably end up at the particular county-level office where the divorce was granted. This is especially true when certified copies of original documents like the Divorce Decree and Divorce Certificate are required. They are available practically free of charge as search fees if charged are typically nominal.

Free Divorce Records from public offices are useful for informational purposes. At a basic level, they contain the personal particulars of the divorcing couple, children and some details surrounding the divorce such as financial settlement, asset division, alimony, child custody and visitation and reason for divorce. With the exception for divorces approved as confidential by the courts, it's possible for any member of the public to access this information.

Most of the government agencies providing Free Divorce Records offer them in a variety of ways. They can normally be requested by walk-in, telephone or fax. The online option over the internet is increasingly offered and has proven to be the most popular method of retrieval with users in general. Depending on the mode of request, the waiting time ranges from same-day to weeks if not months. Fees are not fixed either but they are generally at subsidized levels.

Of late, commercial record providers have come into the picture with a bang. The fee-based information they bring are typically of high professional standards, the industry being so immensely competitive. They tap into government databases but top them with private ones. The most distinct feature about them is that their databases are consolidated at national level which means multi-state searches don't have to be conducted state by state, a perennial pain with government resources.

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