How to Find Divorce Records in New Mexico




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New Mexico Divorce Records

How to Find Divorce Records in New Mexico

Locating divorce records is simple enough. Since divorces are regulated by the state in which they are filed, the divorce records will be available in that state. To acquire a certified copy of a New Mexico divorce record, send a written request to the local county courthouse where the divorce was filed. Typically, the Prothonotary Office maintains the records. However, some courthouses do not have one of these, so they store the records in a different office at the courthouse.

Most of the states also maintain a central database or state repository where the records will also be available. This is a useful place to look when you do not know in which county the divorce was filed. Since the records will contain the address of the divorced couple as well as their names, you will be able to discover the name of the county. Then, you may continue your search at the county level.

If you are unsure of how many spouses the individual has had, you can conduct a search for past and present spouses. No only will this produce the names of all spouses involved, but also, it will provide the addresses where they resided at the time of the marriage. This type of search can also be used to locate the name of the county.

A request for divorce records usually takes between two to ten days, depending on several things. Whether you have provided accurate and sufficient information plays a large part in the amount of time needed to process your request. For this reason, genealogical searches often take quite a bit longer.

Other factors that might influence the length of time needed to process a requests include: the reason behind your request (some are more urgent than others), the size of the courthouse, the number of available staff, and the amount of other requests placed before yours.

Each courthouse charges a small fee to process your request and produce a certified copy of the divorce record. This fee usually varies across states and typically by county as well. However, the fee is small and usually ranges somewhere around five to fifteen dollars.

Although the information on a divorce record may vary somewhat from state to state, basic information about the divorce couple is usually included. Typically, the following are listed on the records: the husbandís full name, the wifeís full name including her maiden name, their address, the name of the county, the recorded filing date of the divorce, the actual date of the finalized divorce, and an identification or certificate number. Some states also include the number of children under the age of eighteen at the time of the coupleís divorce.

Follow the guidelines here to produce a more efficient 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 New Mexico is provided below in alphabetical order.

For divorce records, contact the Clerk of Superior Court in the court where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County Clerk
One Civic Plaza NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone: (505) 768-4090

Catron County
Catron County Clerk
P.O. Box 507
Reserve, NM 87830
Telephone: (505) 533-6423

Chaves County
Chaves County Clerk
401 North Main
Roswell, NM 88201-4726
Telephone: (505) 624-6614

Cibola County
Cibola County Clerk
515 W. High St.
Grants, NM 87020-2526
Telephone: (505) 287-8107

Colfax County
Colfax County Clerk
P.O. Box 1498
Raton, NM 87740-1498
Telephone: (505) 445-5551

Curry County
Curry County Clerk
P.O. Box 1168
Clovis, NM 88102-1168
Telephone: (505) 763-5591

De Baca County
De Baca County Clerk
P.O. Box 347
Fort Sumner, NM 88119
Telephone: (505) 355-2601

Dona Ana County
Dona Ana County Clerk
251 W. Amador Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Telephone: (505) 647-7421

Eddy County
Eddy County Clerk
P.O. Box 1139
Carlsbad, NM 88221-1139
Telephone: (505) 887-9511

Grant County
Grant County Clerk
P.O. Box 898
Silver City, NM 88062
Telephone: (505) 538-2979

Guadalupe County
Guadalupe County Clerk
420 Parker Ave.
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
Telephone: (505) 472-3791

Harding County
Harding County Clerk
P.O. Box 1002
Mosquero, NM 87733-1002
Telephone: (505) 673-2301

Hidalgo County
Hidalgo County Clerk
300 S. Shakespeare St.
Lordsburg, NM 88045-1939
Telephone: (505) 542-9213

Lea County
Lea County Clerk
P.O. Box 4C
Lovington, NM 88260
Telephone: (505) 396-8521

Lincoln County
Lincoln County Clerk
300 Central Avenue
Carrizozo, NM 88301-0711
Telephone: (505) 648-2331

Los Alamos
Los Alamos County Clerk
2300 Trinity Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544-3051
Telephone: (505) 662-8010

Luna County
Luna County Clerk
P.O. Box 1838
Deming, NM 88031-1838
Telephone: (505) 546-0491

McKinley County
McKinley County Clerk
P.O. Box 70
Gallup, NM 87301
Telephone: (505) 863-6866

Mora County
Mora County Clerk
P.O. Box 360
Mora, NM 87732
Telephone: (505) 387-5279

Otero County
Otero County Clerk
10th and New York Streets
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Telephone: (505) 437-4942

Quay County
Quay County Clerk
P.O. Box 1225
Tucumcari, NM 88401
Telephone: (505) 461-0510

Rio Arriba County
Rio Arriba County Clerk
County Courthouse
P.O. Box 158
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Telephone: (505) 588-7255

Roosevelt County
Roosevelt County Clerk
County Courthouse
109 W. 1st
Portales, NM 88130
Telephone: (505) 356-8562

San Juan County
San Juan County Clerk
P.O. Box 550
Aztec, NM 87410-2189
Telephone: (505) 334-9471

San Miguel County
San Miguel County Clerk
County Courthouse
500 W. National
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Telephone: (505) 827-0121

Sandoval County
Sandoval County Clerk
P.O. Box 40
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Telephone: (505) 867-2209

Santa Fe County
Santa Fe County Clerk
P.O. Box 1985
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1985
Telephone: (505) 986-6280

Sierra County
Sierra County Clerk
300 Date St.
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
Telephone: (505) 894-2840

Socorro County
Socorro County Clerk
P.O. Box I
Socorro, NM 87801
Telephone: (505) 835-0589

Taos County
Taos County Clerk
P.O. Box 676
Taos, NM 87571
Telephone: (505) 758-8836

Torrance County
Torrance County Clerk
P.O. Box 48
Estancia, NM 87016-0048
Telephone: (505) 384-2221

Union County
Union County Clerk
P.O. Box 430
Clayton, NM 88415-0430
Telephone: (505) 374-9491

Valencia County
Valencia County Clerk
P.O. Box 1119
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Telephone: (505) 866-2073

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