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Arizona Divorce Records

Arizona Divorces are regulated by the state where they are filed and finalized. Therefore, all Arizona divorce records are located within that state. Typically, Arizona Divorce records are found at the local Prothonotary Office, which is located at the local county courthouse. Some county courthouses do not have a Prothonotary Office, and the Divorce records will be stored in a different Arizona state office.

Additionally, several states have a state repository for official records. Copies may be obtained from there, but they will not be certified. Searches and requests for divorce records should begin at the local county courthouse for the best results.

The fundamental information about the divorced couple will be included in the records including full names, wifeís maiden name, the home address at the time of the divorce, the county that the couple filed the divorce, and the actual date the divorce was finalized. The certificate will also contain an identification number. Some states also include the number of children seventeen years of age and under on the divorce record.

When requesting a copy of a divorce record, do not provide information that is not requested unless you are requesting much older records. If you are doing a genealogical search that goes back in time quite a bit, additional information might prove useful to the search. Records prior to 1900 are often sketchy in details and difficult to locate. Therefore, the more information that you have available, the better off that you may be.

Generally, the husbandís name is used for filing purposes. Your search for divorce records for a woman should be made using the husbandís name.

If you do not know the name of the county where the divorce was filed, you will have to search for that information. If you have the address but not the county, a simple Internet search or telephone call to your local county office can usually provide that information. If you donít even have the address, then you will need to conduct a county-by-county search, a state repository search, or a search for spouses. Each county will assess a fee for the search.

A search for past and current spouses will produce the name of all spouses along with their addresses at the time. From this information, you will be able to get the name of the county. Then you can continue your searching at the county courthouses. Also, if your state has a central repository or database of records, you can attempt to locate the information that you need form there.

In general, a basic search will take between two to ten days depending on several factors. These factors include the date of the divorce, the amount of pertinent information that was provided, the size of the courthouse, the number of available staff, and the time of year. Certain times of the year may be busier.

You will need to provide personal information such as name, address, relationship to the individual whose records you are requesting, and the reason behind your search. Additionally, each courthouse typically charges a small fee between five and fifteen dollars.

Following the steps provided here will 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 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 courthouses for Arizona is provided here in alphabetical order.

Apache County
Apache County Clerk
P.O. Box 365
Saint Johns, AZ 85936
Telephone: (928) 337-4364

For birth/death records:
Office of Vital Records
2727 West Glendale Ave PO Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ 85030-3887
Telephone: (602) 364-1300
Fax: (602) 249-3040

Cochise County
Cochise County Clerk
P.O. Box CK
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Telephone: (520) 432-9364

Coconino County
Coconino County Clerk
100 E. Birch Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4625
Telephone: (928) 779-6536

Gila County
Gila County Clerk
1400 E. Ash St.
Globe, AZ 85501-1414
Telephone: (520) 425-3231

Graham County
Graham County Clerk
800 W. Main St.
Safford, AZ 85546-2829
Telephone: (520) 428-3310

Greenlee County
Greenlee County Clerk
Webster Street
Clifton, AZ 85533-1027
Telephone: (928) 865-3872

La Paz County
La Paz County Clerk
P.O. Box 730
Parker, AZ 85344
Telephone: (520) 669-6131

Maricopa County
Maricopa County Clerk
201 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Telephone: (602) 506-3360

Mohave County
Mohave County Clerk
401 East Spring Street
Kingman, AZ 86401-0003
Telephone: (928) 753-9141

Navajo County
Navajo County Clerk of the Superior Court
P.O. Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025
Telephone: (928) 524-6161

Pima County
Pima County Clerk
150 W. Congress St. Rm 194
Tucson, AZ 85701-1707
Telephone: (520) 740-8522

Pinal County
Pinal County Clerk
P.O. Box 827
Florence, AZ 85232-0827
Telephone: (520) 868-6000

Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County Clerk
P.O. Box 1265
Nogales, AZ 85628-1265
Telephone: (520) 287-2221

Yavapai County
Yavapai Clerk of Superior Court
Prescott, AZ 86301-3803
Telephone: (928) 771-3100

Yuman County
Yuman County Clerk of the Court
198 S Main Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Telephone: (928) 329-2170

 

Additional Info to help you find Arizona Divorce Records

Arizona State Offices

The Arizona state offices contain only the most recent of the Vital Records. If this is a recent divorce, you
may contact the following office:

Office of Vital Records
Arizona Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 3887
Phoenix, AZ
85030-3887
Phone: 602-364-1300

Website: http://www.hs.state.az.us

For all other requests, contact the office in the country that the divorce occurred in:

Apache
Apache County Clerk
P.O. Box 365
Saint Johns, AZ 85936
(928) 337-4364

Cochise
Cochise County Clerk
P.O. Box CK
Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-9364

Coconino
Coconino County Clerk
100 E. Birch Ave.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-4625
(928) 779-6536

Gila
Gila County Clerk
1400 E. Ash St.
Globe, AZ 85501-1414
(520) 425-3231

Graham
Graham County Clerk
800 W. Main St.
Safford, AZ 85546-2829
(520) 428-3310

Greenlee
Greenlee County Clerk
Webster Street
Clifton, AZ 85533-1027
(928) 865-3872

La Paz
La Paz County Clerk
P.O. Box 730
Parker, AZ 85344
(520) 669-6131

Maricopa
Maricopa County Clerk
201 West Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 506-3360

Mohave
Mohave County Clerk
401 East Spring Street
Kingman, AZ 86401-0003
(928) 753-9141

Navajo
Navajo County Clerk of the Superior Court
P.O. Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025
(928) 524-6161

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