How to Find Divorce Records for the State of New Jersey
By Cindy Chung
In New Jersey, the process for finding and requesting divorce records depends on the date of the divorce. The New Jersey State Archives maintain divorce records from 1900 and prior, while the Superior Court Public Information Center keeps divorce records from 1901 to 1992. To obtain divorce records from 1992 to the present, you must contact the local courthouse that handled the divorce. For divorce records from any year, you will likely have an easier search if you have case information, such as the spouses' names, divorce date, docket number and location of the local court that handled the divorce.
Contact the New Jersey State Archives to inquire about divorce records from a case before the year 1900. Note the spouses' names, divorce date and courthouse location, if you have those pieces of information. The address for the New Jersey State Archives is 225 West State Street-Level 2, P.O. Box 307, Trenton, NJ 08625-0307. You can reach them by phone at 609-292-6260.
Contact the Superior Court Public Information Center to search for divorce records dated from 1901 to 1992. Ask the information center about how you can access the Superior Court's index, which will allow you to find the file number and case citation to a local court. The address for the Superior Court Public Information Center is P.O. Box 967, 171 Jersey Street, Trenton, NJ 08625-0967. You can reach them by phone at 609-777-0092 and 609-777-0093.
Search for post-1992 divorce records using the "Civil Case Public Access" search tool on the New Jersey Courts website. Enter the first and last names of one of the former spouses and click "Party Inquiry" to search for the relevant case. Review the search results for a case that fits your search criteria based on party names, date and courthouse location. Write down the county and docket number.
Contact the local courthouse of the New Jersey county where the divorce case occurred and ask for help to access the county's family division records. You can call the county courthouse directly for records assistance or to get county-specific information. Alternatively, you can submit a written request to the local courthouse by mail if you know the spouses' names, date or year of the divorce and the docket number. However, you should call first to find out the cost of copying and authentication fees, if any. With your written request, you should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and ask the court to mail the divorce records to you.
The New Jersey Courts website maintains an online list of contact information for local courthouses.
You can contact the local courthouse directly if you already know where the divorce took place.
Cindy Chung is a California-based professional writer. She writes for various websites on legal topics and other areas of interest. She holds a B.A. in education and a Juris Doctor.