Divorce Record Search.
Online Application To Request A Divorce Record Search: 1922 - 2016.
We service the probate and family divorce courts of Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties of eastern Massachusetts.
There is a minimum fee of $35. Payment instructions are sent via your web browser immediately following placement of your order. Once payment is received, normal delivery time, depending on court locale and court work load, is 7 - 21 business days. Expedited service is available as an option for an additional fee, but only for recent divorce records (last 15 - 20 years). Shipping for expedited orders is within 5 - 7 business days, depending upon court location and whether or not the file is an offsite storage.
No divorce record searches are undertaken until we receive both this order form and your payment.
Your divorce file request will remain on file for ten business days. If a check, money order or Pay Pal payment is not received within that time period, your request is deleted.
We do not obtain impounded divorce files nor obtain private financial statements of any divorce. These types of divorce files are open only to the individuals named in the record or their appointed attorney.
PLEASE: We do not answer legal related questions or offer any type of legal advice.
YOUR ORDERING OPTIONS: The type of document you select depends on your personal needs for the record. If you need the record for any legal purpose, you'll most likely need Option C or D. If the record is for informational purposes only, than Option A or B is the right choice.
OPTION A: The fee to search for and photocopy a Massachusetts divorce judgement (sent via 1st class mail) is $35. This is a plain photocopy of the actual divorce judgment, signed by a judge and contains the specific month, day and year the divorce was granted. This document, can not be used for most legal purposes, such as applying for social security or, in most states, for getting remarried. See OPTION C, for obtaining certified records used in official or legal matters.
OPTION B: The fee to search for and photocopy a Massachusetts divorce judgment and the divorce separation agreement is $65. These photocopies are NOT attested or certified. They are plain photocopies. This is the same as option A, but includes the details (if any) of the separation agreement, including issues such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership and or child support.
OPTION C: The fee to search for and obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts divorce decree, the "Certificate of Divorce Absolute" is $75. This is a typed, certified court document and contains the court's official, raised embossed seal. This can be used for most legal or official purposes such as applying for social security, getting remarried, adopting children or applying for citizenship. This document does not have a copy of the judges signature. (See below.)
OPTION D: The fee to search for and obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts divorce judgment, the "Certificate of Divorce NISI" and an attested photocopy of the divorce separation agreement is $100. This includes the details (if any) of the divorce, including issues such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership and or child support. Unlike option B above, which is not certified, this record can be used for child custody issues, alimony enforcement and pension agreements and disbursements. [Please note that a certified judgment and agreement is usually not needed when you are applying for social security, getting remarried, adopting children or applying for citizenship. Please verify requirements from the organization requesting the record.]
If the specific divorce date (or year) is unknown, our search includes a one time search for up to a five year period, i.e., 1961 - 1965. Each type of record, either certified or photocopied, includes searching one county court search in Massachusetts. There is an additional search fee of $25 for each additional county court searched. We do not obtain impounded divorce record files nor obtain private financial statements of any divorce.
All Massachusetts divorce record searches are completed on location at the courthouse and in person by the research staff at mass-doc.com. There is currently no accessible online divorce index or database to access on the internet. In addition, this web site, mass-doc.com is not affiliated with, nor are we employed by, the state of Massachusetts or the state court system. We are an independent court document retrieval business.
Online Form Instructions: Provide as much background information on the individuals as possible. The more accurate and detailed the information supplied, the more successful our search. Please include nicknames and alternate spellings of given and or surnames. You will receive a confirmation within a few seconds of submitting your order via your web browser. Please save that confirmation and follow instructions for further processing and sending payment. We do not send a separate email verification. Use the "tab" key on your keyboard to move through the application form.
This is not an online database or index to Massachusetts divorce records. This is an online application to have one of our researchers physically search for and locate a divorce file. Thank you!