California Divorce Records

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Are California divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records in California are public records and can be accessed by anyone. However, there may be some information included in a divorce record that is confidential and cannot be released to the general public. For example, the names of minors who were involved in a California divorce proceeding would not be released.

How to find a divorce record in California?

In order to find a divorce record in California, you will need to know the county or city the person is from. If you have this information, you can search for the county or city divorce records in the court of that place, either in-person or online. You can also search through a statewide database in the state court or other official government websites at the state level. Specifically, you can look up the divorce records in California at the websites below:

 

What information does a California divorce record contain?

You’ll see in a California divorce record the basic information related to the divorce, as well as the proof, that is the divorce certificate and decree. These are helpful when you are looking for information about someone’s past. You can find out if they have been married before, when they were divorced, how long their marriages lasted, and how they handled the breakups.

Usually, by searching a divorce record in California, you’ll get information about:

  • Names of both spouses
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of divorce
  • Asset division and custody arrangements
 

What are divorce certificates in California?

A California divorce certificate is a legal document that confirms the marriage has been legally terminated. It contains where and when the divorce took place, and the names of both parties involved, giving the viewer the basic information of this divorce. You’ll be able to get the divorce certificate from the office that is keeping track of the divorce records in California, and a lot of the time use it as a simple proof of divorce. Unlike a divorce decree, a divorce certificate in California can only be used for limited purposes, such as inheritance, name change, and getting married.

What are divorce decrees in California?

In California, a divorce decree is a legal document that is filed with the court and finalizes the divorce.It is usually granted by the judge when the case has been heard and decided on, and may contain information such as:

  • The date of the divorce
  • The names of both spouses
  • The custody arrangements for any children
  • Spousal support payments
 

In California, divorce decrees are public and can be accessed through various sources, including state court websites, public libraries, or county clerk offices.