Missouri Divorce Records

Are Missouri divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records are public documents. Basically anyone can request them, and they are available to the public for viewing. But part of the record information may be made unavailable when there are children or domestic violence victims involved – the details about them may be sealed to protect their privacy and safety.

How to find a divorce record in Missouri?

To find a divorce record in Missouri, you can know the county where the divorce was filed. Once you have found out which county it was filed in, you can go there and file an access request or search for online records with the website of that court. Or you can look up the divorce records in the state court. You can also do that there in-person or online. The following is where you can access the Missouri divorce record officially:

 

What information does a Missouri divorce record contain?

You’ll see in a Missouri 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.

Some of the information that might be contained in a Missouri divorce record includes:

  • Name and other details of the married couple
  • Date of marriage
  • Date of separation/divorce
  • Grounds for separation/divorce (fault or no fault)
 

What are divorce certificates in Missouri?

A divorce certificate in Missouri is a document that shows a 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 Missouri and can only be used as a simple document showing the proof of divorce. A Missouri divorce certificate is a document that works in some limited uses: showing you’re single, applying for a name change, getting a passport or visa.

What are divorce decrees in Missouri?

A Missouri divorce decree is the final order of a divorce court case that ends a marriage legally. 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 Missouri, divorce decrees are public and can be accessed through various sources, including state court websites, public libraries, or county clerk offices.