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California Divorce Records

California Divorces are regulated by the state in which they occur.

California Divorce records are maintained by these states as well. Although some states may have a central storage place for official records such as a state repository, the California County Divorce Records courthouses are the main storage facility for California divorce records.

Therefore, any search for divorce records should begin at the local County Divorce Records courthouse where the divorce was filed and finalized.

Official copies may be obtained from the state repository, but certified copies can only be obtained from the local County Divorce Records courthouse. Each County Divorce Records courthouse will charge a small fee per their guidelines.

Basic information about the divorced couple will be included in all divorce records. The full names of both individuals, including the wifeís maiden name, the address at the time of the divorce, and the date of the divorce will be in the record. Additionally, the initial filing date, the name of the County Divorce Records, and an identification number for the certificate will also be included on the document.

Some states also include the number of children the couple had under the age of eighteen at the time of the divorce. Much of the above information is requested at the time you file your request, but the most important pieces are the husbandís name and the County Divorce Records. The reasons behind this are because the records are filed under the husbandís name and they are kept at the County Divorce Records courthouse where the divorce was filed.

If you do not have the name of the County Divorce Records, then your search will take a bit longer, and it will require a bit of sleuthing. You can begin your search at the state level to acquire the information that you need, as long as you have the name of the husband. You can also conduct a search for past and current spouses. This will result in a compilation of all of the names and addresses of the spouses. The County Divorce Records can be discovered with this information.

The most difficult type of search involves looking at one County Divorce Records at a time for the divorce records. This can be an extensive search especially if the state is also unknown.

In general, the request that provides the most pertinent information will be the quickest. However, other factors may come into play such as the size of the courthouse and the availability of its staff, the date of the divorce, and the time of the year that the request is made. A search will usually take between two to ten days.

Follow these guidelines to produce a more efficient and timely search.

1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one document.
4. Include the full names of the individuals, including nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used.
5. Include the full address of the individual at the time of the divorce, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the County Divorce Records in which the divorce took place, include that as well.
6. Include the date that the divorce was finalized. If you do not have this piece of information available, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
7. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a daytime telephone number, as well as, an evening telephone number. You may also include a fax number or an e-mail address.
8. You should include your relationship to the individualís listed in your search request.
9. You should include the purpose of your request.
10. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well, including a driverís license number.
11. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
12. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

A list of the local County Divorce Records courthouses for California is provided here in alphabetical order. Addresses and telephone numbers are included.

Alameda County Divorce Records
Alameda County Recorder
1106 Madison Street, 1st Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Telephone: (510) 272-6363
(510) 272-5069 for credit card orders.

Alpine County Divorce Records
Alpine County Recorder
99 Water St
Markleeville, CA 96120
Telephone: (530) 694-2286

Amador County Divorce Records
Amador County Recorder's Office
500 Argonaut Lane
Jackson, CA 95642-2308
Telephone: (209) 223-6468

Butte County Divorce Records
Butte County Recorder
25 County Divorce Records Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965-3316
Telephone: (530) 538-7691

Calaveras County Divorce Records
Calaveras County Clerk
Government Center
San Andreas, CA 95249
Telephone: (209) 754-6372

Colusa County Divorce Records
Colusa County Clerk
546 Jay St.
Colusa, CA 95932-2443
Telephone: (530) 458-0500

Contra Costa County Divorce Records
Contra Costa County Clerk
730 Las Juntus
Martinez, CA 94553-1233
Telephone: (925) 646-2360

Del Norte County Divorce Records
Del Norte County Clerk
450 H St.
Crescent City, CA 95531-4021
Telephone: (707) 464-4139

El Dorado County Divorce Records
El Dorado County Clerk
360 Fair Lane, Building B
Placerville, CA 95667
Telephone: (530) 621-5490

Fresno County Divorce Records
Fresno County Recorder
Hall of Records
220 Tulare Street, Rm #303
Fresno, CA 93721
Telephone: (559) 488-3471 (Information)
(559) 488-3476

Glenn County Divorce Records
Glenn County Clerk
526 W. Sycamore St.
Willows, CA 95988-0391
Telephone: (530) 934-6412

Humboldt County Divorce Records
Humboldt County Recorder
Treasurer/Tax Collector
825 Fifth Street Room #125
Eureka, CA 95501
Telephone: (707) 445-7382

Imperial County Divorce Records
Imperial County Recorder
940 Main St, Rm #206
El Centro, CA 92243
Telephone: (760) 339-4272

Inyo County Divorce Records
Inyo County Clerk
168 North Edwards
Independence, CA 93526
Telephone: (760) 878-0221

Kern County Divorce Records
Kern County Recorder
Hall of Records
1655 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Telephone: (661) 868-6400

Kings County Divorce Records
Kings County Clerk
1400 West Lacey Blvd
Hanford, CA 93230-5905
Telephone: (559) 582-3211

Lake County Divorce Records
Lake County Divorce Records Superior Clerk
255 N. Forbes St.
Lakeport, CA 95453-4731
Telephone: (707) 263-2231

Lassen County Divorce Records
Lassen County Recorder
220 S. Lassen St. Suite 5
Susanville, CA 96130-4324
Telephone: (530) 251-8234

Los Angeles County Divorce Records
Los Angeles County Clerk
P.O. Box 53120
Los Angeles, CA 90053-0120

Madera County Divorce Records
Madera County Recorder
209 W. Yosemite Ave.
Madera, CA 93637-3534
Telephone: (209) 675-7724

Marin County Divorce Records
Marin County Recorder
3501 Civic Center Dr, Rm 232
San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: (415) 499-6094 (Information)
Telephone: (415) 499-6092

Mariposa County Divorce Records
Mariposa County Recorder
P O Box 35
Mariposa, CA 95338
Telephone: (209) 966-5719

Mendocino County Divorce Records
Mendocino County Recorder
501 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Telephone: (707) 463-4376

Merced County Divorce Records
Merced County Recorder
2222 M Street
Merced, CA 95340-3729
Telephone:(209) 385-7626

Modoc County Divorce Records
Modoc County Clerk
200 Court Street
Alturas, CA 96101-4026
Telephone: (530) 233-6205

Mono County Divorce Records
Mono County Clerk
P.O. Box 537
Bridgeport, CA 93517-0537
Telephone: (760) 932-7911

Monterey County Divorce Records
Monterey County Clerk
P.O. Box 29
Salinas, CA 93902-0029
Telephone: (408) 755-5041

Napa County Divorce Records
Napa County Recorder
900 Coombs St, Rm 116
Napa, CA 94559
Telephone: (707) 253-4246

Nevada County Divorce Records
Nevada County Recorder
Rood Center Administration Bldg
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
Telephone: (530) 265-1221

Orange County Divorce Records
Orange County Recorder
12 Civic Center Plaza, Rm 106
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Telephone: (714) 834-3005 or (714) 834-3006

Placer County Divorce Records
Placer County Clerk
2954 Richardson Dr.
Auburn, CA 95603
Telephone: (530) 886-5600

Plumas County Divorce Records
Plumas County Clerk
520 Main Street Room 102
Quincy, CA 95971-9366
Telephone: (530) 283-6218

Riverside County Divorce Records
Riverside County Clerk
2724 Gateway Drive
P.O. Box 751
Riverside, CA 92502-0751
Telephone: (909) 486-7000

Sacramento County Divorce Records
Sacramento County Recorder
P.O. Box 839
Sacramento, CA 95812-0839

San Benito County Divorce Records
San Benito County Clerk
440 5th St., Room 206
Hollister, CA 95023-3843
Telephone: (408) 636-4029

San Bernardino County Divorce Records
San Bernardino County Clerk
222 W. Hospitality Lane
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Telephone: (909) 387-8314

San Diego County Divorce Records
San Diego County Recorder
1600 Pacific Hwy, Rm 260
P.O. Box 1750
San Diego, CA 92112-4147
Telephone: (619) 237-0502

San Francisco County Divorce Records
San Francisco Department of Public Health
101 Grove Street, Room 105
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 554-2700

San Joaquin County Divorce Records
San Joaquin County Clerk
P.O. Box 1968
24 S. Hunter #304
Stockton, CA 95201
Telephone: (209) 468-3939

San Luis Obispo County Divorce Records
San Luis Obispo County Recorder
1144 Monterey Street, Ste C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Telephone: (805) 781-5080

San Mateo County Divorce Records
San Mateo County Recorder
401 Marshall Street, 6th floor
Redwood City, CA 94063-1636
Telephone: (650) 363-4212

Santa Barbara County Divorce Records
Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2000
Telephone: (805) 568-2250

Santa Clara County Divorce Records
Santa Clara County Recorder
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Telephone: (408) 299-2481

Santa Cruz County Divorce Records
Santa Cruz County Recorder
701 Ocean Street, Rm 230
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: (831) 454-2800

Shasta County Divorce Records
Shasta County Recorder
1500 Court Street, Rm 102
Redding, CA 96001
Telephone: (530) 225-5678

Sierra County Divorce Records
Sierra County Clerk
P.O. Box D
Downieville, CA 95936-9999
Telephone: (530) 289-3295

Siskiyou County Divorce Records
Siskiyou County Clerk
P.O. Box 338
Yreka, CA 96097-9910
Telephone: (530) 842-8084

Solano County Divorce Records
Solano County Recorder
701 Texas St.
Fairfield, CA 94533
Telephone: (707) 421-6294

Sonoma County Divorce Records
Sonoma County Recorder
585 Fiscal Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Telephone: (707) 565-2651

Stanislaus County Divorce Records
Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder
1201 I Street, Suite 101
Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209) 525-5265 (information)
Telephone: (209) 525-5291

Sutter County Divorce Records
Sutter County Clerk
433 Second Street
Yuba City, CA 95991-5524
Telephone: (530) 822-7120

Tehama County Divorce Records
Tehama County Clerk
P.O. Box 250
Red Bluff, CA 96080-0250
Telephone: (530) 527-3350

Trinity County Divorce Records
Trinity County Recorder
101 Court Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
Telephone: (530) 623-1215

Tulare County Divorce Records
Tulare County Recorder
221 South Mooney, Rm #105
Visalia, CA 93291
Telephone: (559) 733-6418
Telephone: (559) 733-6419 (Information)

Tuolumne County Divorce Records
Tuolumne County Clerk
2 S. Green St.
Sonora, CA 95370-4679
Telephone: (209) 533-5531

Ventura County Divorce Records
Ventura County Recorder
County Divorce Records Government Center in Ventura
Hall of Administration, Main Plaza
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009-1260
Telephone: (805) 654-2295

Yolo County Divorce Records
Yolo County Recorder
625 Court Street, Rm 105
P.O. Box 1130
Woodland, CA 95695
Telephone: (530) 666-8130

Yuba County Divorce Records
Yuba County Clerk
935 14th St.
Marysville, CA 95901
Telephone: (530) 741-6341
 

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