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Divorce Christoffel Marthinus Venter London 1987

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Martin Report 25 Jul 2013 09:31

Does anyone know where to look to find any info on the abovementioned Divorce?
I have had no luck so far.



KathleenBell Report 25 Jul 2013 09:42

I don't think you will find such recent records online.

You could contact the Principal Registry and see if they can help you. I think it will cost but not sure how much:-

Principal Registry of the Family Division
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn

Tel: 020 7947 7400

I think you will need the full names of the couple and the date of marriage.

Kath. x


Reggie Report 25 Jul 2013 12:37

I would hope that such recent info is not readily available


Amokavid Report 25 Jul 2013 14:22

This is what the National Archives have to say about the survival of Divorce records............

Case files: survival rates and search tips

The Principal Registry contains only the decrees granting a divorce, but many people sued unsuccessfully for a divorce.
For each suit, whether successful or not, case files were created, containing the original petition and response, relevant marriage and birth certificates, court process, copies of decrees (from about 1870 onwards) and sometimes evidence.

Very few survive after 1937.

Case files are now destroyed 20 years after the divorce. If you are within the 20 year period, you can apply to the relevant court for permission to see the file.

Surviving case case files can be seen at The National Archives, in J 77 (which is searchable online by name).

* 1858-1927: almost all survive

* 1928-1937: 80% survive (files from the district registries have been destroyed)
* 1938-date: most have been destroyed.

A very small annual sample has been kept, subject to 30-year closure
* (search J 77 in the Catalogue, for these using surname only for example, Cassidy.
* A further 2% random sample is in J 132 for cases where the Official Solicitor acted for one of the parties: these are subject to a 75 year or longer closure.


Martin Report 25 Jul 2013 15:29

Thanks KathleenBell and Amokavid for your great advice.
I'm going submit a Search Request to the Principat Registry and hope for the best.
The Divorce in question was finalised so I'm sure that a Decree was issued.
Cost is 65 Pounds-steep !!



Amokavid Report 25 Jul 2013 18:30

Yes is it steep, & I am informed that there are no divorce details shown on a Decree Absolute,it only proves that a divorce took place, thats why I haven't bothered with them

I have 2 known divorces between 1946-1952,but case files etc for them no longer exist.



KathleenBell Report 26 Jul 2013 00:03

The decree nisi would tell you the details of why the couple divorced but I don't know whether you would only get a copy of the decree absolute (even if the record was found).

I have my parent's original decree nisi from 1960 and it does give the reason for the divorce - although I already knew what this was.

Kath. x