Washington D.C.
Divorce Records

Are Washington D.C. divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records are generally considered to be public information in Washington D.C.. However to protect the safety and privacy of the parties involved, especially children and the victims of violence or abuses, some information contained in a divorce record can be redacted or sealed so that it cannot be obtained randomly by anyone.

How to find a divorce record in Washington D.C.?

In order to find a divorce record in Washington D.C., you can try the search in the state court. Or you can do that in the county court. You will need to know the name of the county where the divorce took place. If you don’t know this information, try searching for a map of your state and locate the county you want. Once you have found your county, search for it on a court website or use an online directory for public records.

At the state level, you can look up Washington D.C. divorce records here:

 

What information does a Washington D.C. divorce record contain?

A divorce record in Washington D.C. will contain all the documents created during the divorce, including the divorce certificate (a document that states the dissolution of a marriage), and the divorce decree (a court order that is issued by a judge to officially end a marriage). It will also include all the related files and a summary of the issues that were contested in the divorce proceedings.

Divorce records in Washington D.C. usually contain information about the divorce process, such as:

  • Date of marriage
  • Date of divorce
  • Names of spouses
  • Name and address of the court where the divorce was filed
  • Name and address of attorney for one or both parties
 

What are divorce certificates in Washington D.C.?

A Washington D.C. divorce certificate is a legal document that confirms the marriage has been legally terminated. This certificate shows basic details about the divorce, including the date and place of its occurrence, and the names of the couple. The divorce certificate is issued by the agency that is maintaining the divorce records in the state of Washington D.C. and can only be used as a simple document showing the proof of divorce. In addition to showing someone you have been divorced, a divorce certificate can also be used to obtain new identification documents, change your last name, get remarried, and more

What are divorce decrees in Washington D.C.?

A divorce decree in Washington D.C. is a legal document that is filed with the court when a marriage has been terminated. It must include specific information about the spouses and their marriage, as well as any relevant information about property and children.

  • A grant of all property rights to each spouse;
  • A division of any property or debts acquired during the marriage;
  • An order for custody and visitation in regards to any children from the marriage;
  • An order for child support if one spouse will provide it to the other spouse.
 

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