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, such as a passport, social security, obtaining a REAL ID, or getting remarried, 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 divorce judgment (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 option does not include any separation agreement. This document type can NOT be used for most legal purposes, such as applying for social security or obtaining a REAL ID or, in most states, for getting remarried. However, this option can be scanned and digitized into a PDF and emailed.
Tell us you'll accept an emailed scanned copy in the notes section of the order form below.
OPTION B : The fee to search for and photocopy a divorce judgment and a separation agreement is $65. These are plain photocopies. They are NOT attested or certified. This option is the same as option A above, but includes the details (if any) of the separation agreement, including issues such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership and or child support. This option can be scanned and digitized into a PDF and emailed.
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, obtaining a REAL ID, a passport application, or applying for citizenship. This document type does not have a judges signature. (See Option D below.) This document can not be scanned and emailed. All Certificate of Divorce Absolute's are sent by Priority Mail. Once the order processes, you will receive a verification of shipment from the USPS, along with a tracking number. Click here to preview an example of a blank Massachusetts certificate of divorce absolute.
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 type can be used for child custody issues, alimony enforcement, pension agreements, disbursements and refinancing. [Please note that a certified judgment and agreement is not needed when you are applying for social security, getting remarried, obtaining a REAL ID, adopting children or applying for citizenship. If you have additional questions, verify the requirements from the organization requesting the document.] This document can not be scanned and emailed. All Certificate of Divorce NISI's are sent by Priority Mail. Once the order processes, you will receive a verification of shipment from the USPS, along with a tracking number.
OPTION E : Authenticated or sometimes referred to as "Exemplified" Divorce Packets are used primarily outside the country, for refiling divorce in another state or, in some cases, for probate court matters and or land sales in other states. There is a minimum fee of $150 for authenticated packets. That could change if the agreement is substantially long. Additional copy requirements do apply for the countries of Brazil, India and Italy. There are also additional fees if you need to have documents translated. IMPORTANT: Not all countries require "authenticated packets" so be sure and double check with us or your country's requesting agency before placing an order. Indicate in the notes section of the order if you need this document apostatized by the State of Massachusetts and for which country. There is an additional fee of $50 for this service, for which we will send a secure link to make that payment. This option does NOT include a Certificate of Divorce Absolute. If you need both, you'll also have to order Option C.