Connecticut Divorce Records
Divorce Records in Connecticut
The state where a divorce file is petitioned is responsible for maintaining the records. Most states have a general state repository where they keep a database of all of the divorce records. However, if you are searching for a certified copy of a Connecticut divorce record, you should contact the local Connecticut county courthouse where the divorce was filed and finalized.
If you do not know the name of the county, then you can begin your search at the state level. Once you have the information that you need, you can then contact the proper courthouse. Furthermore, a spousal search for past and/or current spouses can be conducted. This will result in a list of the names and addresses of any spouses discovered in the search. Typically, the county will be listed as well. If the county is not listed, it is easy enough to locate once you have the address.
Most Connecticut divorce records will include the full names of the individuals, the name of the county where the divorce took place, the official date of the divorce, the recorded date of the filing of the divorce document, and an identifying certificate number. Several states will include other information, such as the number of children under the age of eighteen at the time of the divorce. Most states will include the maiden name of the wife.
When conducting a search for Connecticut divorce records, you will be asked to provide most of the above information. This results in a quicker and more efficient search. Searches that do not include the information will take longer. The typical search lasts between two to ten days, longer if the provided information is scanty, the courthouse is understaffed, or the information provided is incorrect.
Genealogical searches generally take longer. Sometimes the records at the local county courthouses are only from the early 1900ís and later. Therefore, you may have to search at the state repository. Additionally, some records have been destroyed by fires and may not even exist.
A successful search for divorce records can be achieved by completing the following steps:
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 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, 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.
An alphabetized list of addresses for Connecticutís local county courthouses is included here to aid your search:
State of Connecticut
Connecticut State Health Dept Vital Records
410 Capitol Ave., 1st Floor
Hartford, CT 06134
Fairfield County Clerk
1061 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604-4222
Telephone: (203) 579-6527
Hartford Judicial District Bureau of Vital Records
550 Main St. Room 10
Hartford, CT 06103
Telephone: (860) 543-8538
Litchfield County Clerk
P.O. Box 247
Litchfield, CT 06759
Middlesex County Clerk
1 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457-3442
Telephone: (860) 344-2966
New Haven County
New Haven County Clerk
235 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510-0998
Telephone: (203) 789-7908
New London County
New London County Clerk
181 State St.
New London, CT 06320
Telephone: (860) 447-5204
Tolland County Clerk
69 Brooklyn Street
Vernon Rockville, CT 06066-3643
Telephone: (860) 875-6294
Windham County Clerk
Putnam, CT 06260
Telephone: (860) 928-2779
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