Divorce Record Search.
Online Application To Request A Divorce Record Search: 1922 - 2013.
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.
No divorce record searches are undertaken until we receive both this order form and your payment.
Your divorce file request remains on file for ten business days. If a check or money order is not received within that time period, your request is deleted.
PLEASE: We do not answer legal related questions or offer any type of legal advice. 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.
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 decree (sent via 1st class mail) is $35. This is a copy of the actual divorce decree and contains the specific month, day and year the divorce was final. This document however, can not be used for most legal purposes, such as applying for social security or 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 decree and the divorce agreement is $65. None of these copies are 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 record, the "Certificate of Divorce Absolute" is $75. This is the same as option A, but can be used for most legal or official purposes, such as, for example, applying for social security, getting remarried, adopting children and applying for citizenship. This document has an official, raised court seal.
OPTION D: The fee to search for and obtain an attested copy of a Massachusetts divorce record, the "Certificate "NISI" and an attested photocopy of the divorce agreement is $100. This includes the details (if any) of the separation agreement, including issues such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership and or child support. Unlike option B above, this record can be used, as an example, for child custody issues, alimony enforcement and pension agreements and disbursements. [Please note that the agreement is usually not needed when you are applying for social security, getting remarried, adopting children or applying for citizenship. Please verify the 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 no accessible online 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!