Forsyth County Divorce Records are maintained at the county, state level and the national level. Locally, the records are maintained by the County Clerk’s office or the Probate Court. If you cannot find it locally, you can try searching at the state repository for divorce records which is the Georgia Department of Public health. The department started to maintain records of divorce cases since June of 1952.
There are two kinds of divorce records you can obtain: certified records and informational records. The former is the kind of record that is given to the owners of the records, their immediate family, their respective lawyers, and members of the law enforcement that has jurisdiction or are investigating a case which requires information from a divorce record. A certified record contains the basic pieces of information such as the names of the couple, the date of the divorce, and where the divorce was granted. It also contains the confidential pices of information such as the terms and conditions of the divorce, as laid out by the presiding judge, and the grounds for divorce. The latter contains only the basic pieces of information and its purpose is only to provide information.
Any member of the general public are allowed to place a request for divorce records. However, there are certain requirements that need to be observed. To start a request, one must secure the appropriate request form and supply it with the information it requires. The requestor should also provide his or her contact information so the custodian of the records knows where to send the records once they are found. There is a fee of $10 for a copy and $5 each for extra copies. Fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the search.
A divorce record can be used to claim assets from a previous marriage. It can also be used to divide liabilites. If one of the ex-couple decides to give marriage another chance with another person, they need to present a copy of their divorce record upon the application of a marriage license. It also contains vital information that are useful for conducting a background check and a genealogical search.
Although the records are publicly available, there are certain rules and guidelines that need to be observed in order to preserve the privacy of its owners. The records, in any shape or form, are not to be used to defame, embarrass, harass, or blackmail other people. Violators will be punished accordingly.
Another method for acquiring a Forsyth County Divorce Decree is through online service providers. There are a number of service providers that cater to those who are in need of information, specifically public records. It is important that you research about a certain service provider prior to using its services so that you will not be victimized by people who take advantage of other people by providing wrong information for a certain fee. All you need to provide to start a search is the full name of either the husband or the wife. Of course, providing more information will narrow down the search results and make it less difficult to locate the exact record.