ORDERING OPTIONS: The type of document you select depends on your personal needs for the record. Suppose you need the copy for legal purposes, such as a passport, social security, obtaining a REAL ID, applying for refinance, or getting remarried. In that case, you'll need options "C" or "D." Conversely, options "A" or "B" is the right choice if the record is for informational purposes only.
OPTION A: The fee for photocopying a divorce judgment (sent via 1st class mail or emailed as a PDF) is $35. This document is a non-certified photocopy of the actual divorce judgment, signed by a judge, and contains the specific month, day, and year the divorce was granted. This option also does not include any separation agreement. Therefore, because it is only a photocopy, you cannot use "Option A" in most States for most legal purposes, including applying for social security, obtaining a REAL ID, or getting remarried. However, this option can be scanned and digitized into a PDF and emailed.
If you want an emailed scan, please tell us you'll accept an emailed scanned copy in the notes section of the order form.
OPTION B: The fee to photocopy a divorce judgment and its separation agreement is $65. These are plain photocopies. They are NOT attested or certified. This option is the same as "Option A" above. However, it includes the separation agreement's details (if any), such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership, and child support. Like "Option A," this document can be scanned and digitized into a PDF and emailed.
OPTION C: The fee to obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts divorce decree, the "Certificate of Divorce Absolute," is $75. The document is a hand-typed, certified court record and contains the court's official, raised embossed seal. You can use this for most legal or official purposes, including applying for social security, getting remarried, obtaining a REAL ID, a passport application, or applying for citizenship. This document type does not have a judge's signature. (See "Option D" below for that inclusion.) This document can not be scanned and emailed. All Certificates of Divorce Absolute are sent by Priority Mail. Once your order is processed, you will receive a verification of shipment from USPS, along with a tracking number. You can preview an example here of a blank Massachusetts Certificate of Divorce Absolute.
OPTION D: The fee to 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. The document contains information about the divorce, including alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership, and child support. The document is certified and valid for child custody issues, alimony enforcement, pension agreements, disbursements, and refinancing, unlike "Option B" which is not certified. [It's worth noting that you don't need a certified NISI and agreement when applying for social security, remarriage, obtaining a REAL ID, adopting children, or applying for citizenship. If you have any further questions, email us first, and check the requirements with the organization requesting the document.] This document can not be scanned and emailed. All Certificates of Divorce NISI are sent by Priority Mail. Once your order is processed, you will receive a verification of shipment from 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 or land sales in other states. There is a minimum fee of $150 for authenticated packets. Additional copy requirements do apply for the countries of Brazil, India, and Italy. Based on the number of pages, there may be an additional fee if you need the documents translated. We don't provide translation services but supply an additional plain photocopy of the documents so a professional translator can process your records. IMPORTANT: Not all countries require "authenticated packets," so double-check with us or your country's requesting agency before placing an order! Also, please indicate in the notes section of the order if you need the document apostatized by the State of Massachusetts and for which country. There is an additional fee of $50 for this custom service, for which we will send a secure link to make that payment. This option does NOT include a Certificate of Divorce Absolute. You'll also have to order "Option C" if you need both.