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Divorce Records

Postby Sarspen242 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:06 pm

Hi, I am wondering if there is anyway to get divorce records? In my tree I have a marriage in 1942 and then the same man married again in 1947 to a different woman. His status is divorced - how can I find out more about the divorce?

Thanks in advance


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Re: Divorce Records

Postby Sarspen242 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:37 am

Such a shame, but thanks for information - I'll take a look in case I'm lucky!

Is information on divorces likely to be in newspapers or anything unofficial?


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Re: Divorce Records

Postby AntonyM » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:58 am

A decision was made (by Lord Denning in the 1960s I believe) not to keep the case files post 1937.

For divorces after 1937 you can obtain a copy of the decree absolute, which will confirm that divorce happened and when, but won't give any details of the case itself.

You apply through the courts service - but if you don't have the exact details it can be expensive for wide searches.

https://www.gov.uk/copy-decree-absolute-final-order
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Re: Divorce Records

Postby Artognou » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:51 am

Hi,

There are divorce records on ancestry, I have before found one for a cousin of a great, great grandmother in the late 1800s, which was a huge surprise, as you can imagine!
There was also another case where a sister of a great, great grandfather was married to a chap and they had one son together, in 1901 she was listed as widowed, but after some intense research I discovered that the allegedly deceased husband had remarried and he had said that he was a widower on the marriage record.
I have often seen that not everyone could always get a divorce before a certain time, so embellishments were fairly necessary!
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Re: Divorce Records

Postby junkers » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:25 am

Any divorce may be subject to the Data Protection Act so unless the person was born before 1917 or is dead then you may not get access.
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Re: Divorce Records

Postby AntonyM » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:53 am

junkers wrote:Any divorce may be subject to the Data Protection Act so unless the person was born before 1917 or is dead then you may not get access.


There is a statutory right of access - much the same as to BMD certificates, so the DPA doesn't apply.

But - the decree gives little information anyway - just the names and the date of divorce and the court involved.
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Re: Divorce Records

Postby Sarspen242 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:49 pm

Thank you for your advice


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Re: Divorce Records

Postby meekhcs » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:27 pm

Try looking in The Gazette. Details often appear there.


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