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Obtaining Massachusetts Divorce Certificates

Introduction to Massachusetts Divorce Certificates


This article is designed to help you get a Massachusetts Divorce certificate.  Divorce Certificates are a bit more difficult to obtain than Divorce Certificates and Death Certificates.  The main difficulty in obtaining Divorce Certificates is that states have not been registering Divorces for as long as other vital records.  There are some states that still do not register Divorces.  Due to this lack of centralization it is common to contact the county in which the Divorce took place.

Counter to common belief, not everything is a few clicks away on the Internet.  Divorce Certificates are one of the items that you can’t just click some links and get a copy of your Divorce Certificate; this is probably a good thing.  You do not want your Divorce certificate in the public domain, where it can be seen by anyone.  However, this does not mean that you can’t easily get your Divorce certificate by following the correct procedure.  


Massachusetts Divorce index have been maintained by the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics for individuals divorced in the state of Massachusetts since 1952.  Inquirer will be directed where to send request. Certified copies are not available from State office. Registrar of Probate Court in county where divorce was granted.


Massachusetts Divorce Certificate Authorized Persons


By Massachusetts state law, Massachusetts Divorce certificates are confidential records and can only be obtained by the following authorized individuals:

  • Person Named on the Massachusetts Divorce Certificate
  • Legal Representative of an Authorized Person of Person Named on the Massachusetts Divorce Certificate


Massachusetts Divorce Certificate for Genealogy Purpose


Note that only certified copies of records are issued by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, regardless of intended use, even for genealogy purposes


Massachusetts Divorce Certificate Ordering


Options Option 1 – Order Massachusetts Divorce Certificate Online

This option is the simplest and easiest way to get your Massachusetts Divorce Certificate.  Order online and you will get your Massachusetts Divorce Certificate usually in less than a week.  Many times you will have the option of receiving your vital record by next-day or second-day service.

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Option 2 – In Person

In Person in Massachusetts: You may go to any county health department in the State of Massachusetts to obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts Divorce certificate. Most Massachusetts Divorce certificates can be issued while you wait.


Massachusetts Divorce Certificate Ordering Cost


The fee to search for a Massachusetts Divorce certificate varies by county.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2009 22:23