How to Get a Certified Divorce Judgment
By Teo Spengler
Updated March 30, 2020
Getting a divorce can be painful and difficult; getting a certified divorce judgment is a piece of cake. A certified divorce judgment is simply a copy of the official document that the court clerk marks with a seal to indicate its authenticity. The procedures vary slightly among jurisdictions but generally involve making the request and paying a fee.
A divorce judgment is a court document, signed by the judge, declaring your marriage dissolved. The document generally also sets out the resolution of property division, support and child custody issues. A copy is mailed to each spouse at the close of a divorce.
If you need to establish the existence or terms of your divorce to third parties, you may need a certified copy of the divorce decree or judgment. Generally, this is a copy stamped or marked by the court clerk to indicate that it is a true and correct copy of the document in the court files.
Procedure to Obtain Certified Copies
You can obtain a certified copy of the actual divorce judgment from the court that issued it. You must prepare a request in the form required in the jurisdiction and pay the required fee. In some states, you can obtain abbreviated divorce records, containing only the names of the spouses, court involved and case number, from the state's Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.