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Marriage Records and Divorce Records: Everything You Need to Know!

Marriage certificates (sometimes referred to as marriage lines) are a legal statement that proves that two people are married. Marriage certificates are issued by a government official only after a couple has a civil registration of the nuptials. This is true to many countries in the world, and also the US.

In the United States, in particular, a marriage certificate proves that a couple has gotten married in an official ceremony, even in jurisdictions that do not issue marriage licenses. There are parts in the United States where a marriage certificate and a marriage license/application for marriage are issued in the same document. In the great majority of states in the US, a part of the marriage certificate has to be completed by the official who is performing the marriage ceremony. Some places in the US include a portion in the marriage license where a couple can declare a change in the name if indeed such a change transpires. If this portion does not exist on a marriage certificate, the couple has to change their name as necessary while providing proof of marriage.  


What is a Marriage Record?

Marriage records are records with documents that include a couple's marriage certificate and any other document pertaining to the nuptials. Marriage records can vary from one state to the other, in accordance with its laws. Most marriage records in the United States include the following information about each person that has entered the marriage:

  • Full names
  • Current addresses
  • Birthdates
  • Blood types (in states that require a blood test before a marriage license is issued)
  • Genders
  • Names of the witnesses that were present during the wedding ceremony
  • The name of the person who officiated the marriage
  • The location of the marriage
  • Signatures of the couple who got married (in most states)

Marriage records are used as proof of identity in many cases, as they include the names of the couple who got married and also any changes in names. Marriage records are often public records that that can be viewed upon request (unless they are sealed).

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Divorce Decrees and Divorce Certificates

In the United States, there are two kinds of divorce records that indicate that a married couple has ended their marriage in a legal sense: divorce decrees and divorce certificates. Divorce certificates are issued by the state vital statistics bureau, which is usually a part of the state health department. Divorce decrees, on the other hand, are issued by the court that granted the couple a divorce. A divorce certificate includes the names of the couple and the place date ate the divorce was finalized.

Divorce decrees offer the same information as divorce certificates, and they are signed by a judge. In addition, divorce decrees include a case court number and several basic facts about the divorce, such as alimony, child custody agreements, and other matters the couple resolved.

Divorce certificates and divorce decrees are public divorce records that can be viewed by others, and they also provide proof that a marriage has ended in a legal manner.


Marriage and Divorce Statistics in the USA

As of 2018, there are approximately 40.2 million married couples in the United States. Both marriage and divorce rates have been decreasing since 2016, and the marriage rate in the United States is approximately 6.8 per every 1,000 people. The divorce rate in the USA is 3.2 per every 1,000 people in the USA, which means that nearly 50% of all marriages in the country end in divorce.

The divorce rate for second marriages rises to 60%, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce as well. A divorce occurs in the United States every 13 seconds, and the US is number 6 in the world as one of the countries with the highest divorce rates.

As of today, 15% of all adult women in the USA are separated or divorced. First marriages in the USA last an average of 8 years, and the average age of divorce is 30. Women are those who usually file for divorce, at a rate of 66%, and there were even years when that number rose to 75%.

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How to Obtain Marriage Records and Divorce Records

You can obtain marriage and divorce records at the state that they were issued, and at the office/court that issued them. If you cannot go to the authority that issued the marriage/divorce certificates and decrees, you can file a request online, via mail, email, or by phone, and you will be provided with the information you desire.

You can also search for marriage records and divorce records on free public records websites. These kinds of websites allow you to search if a person has been married/is still legally married, by entering their name. When you use free marriage records websites, you might not always find what you are searching for because sites that do not charge users for any fees do not have the financial resources to grant users with access to all the public records in the USA.

Also, free marriage records websites and free divorce records websites do not offer their users with the protection of their personal data and search history. This could leave you exposed to hacking or data breaches that may put you at risk.

Free public records websites also lack a customer support service that can help users when they need assistance with questions and problems they may have.

There are also free marriage records websites that charge users for fees, and only advertise themselves as free to lure people to use them. That is why the best way to obtain marriage and divorce records in by using GoLookUp - a website that provides accurate public records information.

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Finding Marriage Records and Divorce Records with GoLookUp

GoLookUp provides users with access to all the public records in the United States, so you can find marriage records and divorce records whenever you need them. By simply entering the name of the person you have questions about, you can find out if they were married in the past if they are currently married/divorces.

GoLookUp scans public records in a matter of minutes and can provide you with accurate data about any person you need information about. The reports are compiled in moments, so you do not have to wait to get marriage records and divorce records when you have a need for them. Aside from marriage and divorce records, you can also find other public records, such as criminal records, contact information, arrest records, social media information, occupation, education, mugshots, sexual offenses and much more. 

To make sure all your personal information and search history are safe, GoLookUp provides a protection system that works around the clock. The website also operates a 24/7 customer support service to make sure you have help whenever you need it, and to assist you with any query. 

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