The implementation of the Freedom of Information Act has mandated the government to make divorce files open to the public. The Vital records section of the Department of Health Services in Texas manages the state’s public records including Texas divorce records.
Many would request for divorce records to process legal matters such as remarrying. It is one of the documents needed when planning to migrate to another country. There are those who would check the divorce record of their partners to ensure that the separation was made legal in order to avoid complications when planning to marry again.
A divorce file in the state of Texas has a lot of useful details about the separation of a couple. Basic information such as the name and marriage date is contained on the file. Details about the separation of the couple are found on the document such as when and where the couple filed the separation. Unfortunately, the public record has limited information and it does not indicate the reason for the divorce as well the division of the asset and child custody. In addition to that limitation, the public is also not allowed to request for a certified divorce record.
The payment for requesting a copy of a divorce record remains at $20 since the divorce records were made public in the year 1968. It is, however, non-refundable which means that you will still be charged if there are no records found on the archive. One has to wait for a few days to get a copy of the certificate if it is requested at the office. Although the certificate can be obtained from a mail order, it cost more and takes longer to obtain the divorce certificate.
Obtaining a copy of a divorce certificate in Texas can be done in a number of ways. One can file the request through a mail order or go straight to the office of the Vital Records Section. The latter option is faster than compared to a mail request. There are now third party companies who offer to search for the record for you for a certain fee. The most popular method chosen by many is by going online and retrieving the record on your own.
The development of the Internet has made the government transactions convenient and faster. Texas divorce records can now be obtained from accredited websites. One can even choose from a free divorce records search or a paid search. Free search, unfortunately can give raw information that may need processing before it can be used. Paid searches on the other hand can provide a complete, accurate and ready to use document. They even offer a money back guarantee option if there are no records found.