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Illinois Divorce Court Records


Divorce rate is getting high these days. Divorce is a legal process which is enacted in order to cancel one’s marriage. As a standard operating process, each state or county courthouse is needed to properly document the divorce records that have been filed. Therefore, if someone seeks for such records, they can be obtained at the same place. Divorce court records fall under the public domain, so that every individual has the legal right to reclaim them. That is why along with all its key records such as marriage, birth, and death records, divorce records are obtained from the government departments. Illinois divorce court records are believed to be one of the very important documents located within the state and related county.

Information in Illinois Divorce Court Records

The divorce court records include all personal and basic details of divorcing spouses. It also includes family law issues related to alimony, child custody, child support, and debt and property division. Financial issues are also mentioned.

County divorce records are vital in every aspect. The Illinois Department of Public Health saves the state's documentations on key issues like births, deaths, marriages and divorces. More than 400,000 such cases are registered yearly. Usually, these records are available only to the person or to a member of his or her direct family. More details are also included like the filing numbers, financial information, cause of divorce, custody, final decree, and etc.

These records can be useful to check the marital status of the individual or to support the legal process. Some people also need the copy of divorce records to check the financial arrangement with the ex-spouse on alimony and debt issues. There are two versions of divorce court records, free and paid. In both the versions, the information provided is brief and accurate. Divorce records contain all the paperwork in regard to specific case.

Access to Illinois Divorce Court Records

The actual records before and after 1962 are accessible in the county where the divorce occurred, and certified copies may be obtained from the Clerk of the Circuit Court for that county. Illinois Regional Archive Depositories (IRAD) has divorce records for many counties. In the early 1800s, the circuit courts, and city courts granted divorces.

Illinois divorce court records may point to the date and place where the marriage was dissolved. Circuit or city courts have completed most divorce proceedings. The Illinois Department of Public Health will never issue official copies of divorce records. Certified copies are accessible from the circuit court clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. You can find the divorce records simply by sending the mail to the address where the records are placed.

Online access reduces the need to spend time in long waiting lines and to keep away from paying huge amounts of money.

Not all records are indexed, so you should check the online index of Local Government Records in the IRAD System to see what records are accessible for the county you are searching. You can search The Local Government Records’ database by county of records available through IRAD. Here are some contacts of the Illinois Circuit Court Clerks by County:

  • Adams
    Randy Frese
    521 Vermont Street
    Quincy, Illinois 62301-2934
    Phone: 217/277-2100
    Fax: 217/277-2116
  • Bond
    John K. King
    200 West College
    Greenville, Illinois 62246-1057
    Phone: 618/664-3208
    Fax: 618/664-2257
  • Boone
    Nora Ohlsen
    601 North Main, #303
    Belvidere, Illinois 61008-2644
    Phone: 815/544-0371
    Fax: 815/547-9213
  • Brown
    Rhonda Johnson
    #1 Court Street
    Mt. Sterling, Illinois 62353-1233
    Phone: 217/773-2713
    Fax: 217/773-2433


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