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Cynthia Report 13 May 2013 13:44

As Michael is a new poster, I will send a friendly message on how to return to the thread. :-)


GlitterBaby Report 12 May 2013 12:11

Depends on which country - if Scotland then take a look here


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 May 2013 12:09

From the link given above

Decrees absolute (1858 to present)

Find the decree absolute to obtain legal proof of a divorce in England or Wales by requesting a search (£) of the Central Index of Decrees Absolute. To do so, download Form D440 from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service website and post it to the Principal Registry of the Family Division.

(Links to the form and the Principal Registry are embedded in the text)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 12 May 2013 12:04

It depends when

The survival rate of divorce case files is:

1858-1927: almost 100%
1928-1937: 80%
After 1937 : less than 0.2%

Divorce case files can contain petitions, certificates, and copies of the decrees nisi and absolute.

Decrees absolute give the names of the petitioner, respondent and (if applicable) co-respondent and the date and place of the marriage.


Ancestry hold many of the early ones 1858-1911


michael Report 12 May 2013 11:59

Can anyone tell me how I find divorce records and what information I would need to find a divorce in the family, please?