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Divorce Records in New York - Divorce records are held in the state where the divorce petition was filed and became finalized. Typically, the local county courthouse maintains the divorce records, and certified copies may be obtained with a written request and small fee.

Certain states also have a state repository for divorce records, and these may include older records. If you do not know the name of the county where the divorce was finalized, it is possible to begin your search at the state level if a repository exists. It is important to remember that each state must be searched separately for divorce records.

Therefore, if you do not even know the name of the state where the divorce occurred, your search can become quite time consuming. However, a search for current and past spouses may bring up the name of the county where the divorce was filed. This will enable you to complete your search in a more timely fashion. Not only will a search of this type provide the location of the divorce, but it will also provide the number of spouses for whom you need to locate divorce records.

A basic search or one in which most of the information has been provided will take approximately two to ten days to process. Smaller courthouses with fewer staff and resources may take less or more time depending on the amount of work that they currently have to complete.

Genealogical searches may require additional time to process. Searches performed with insufficient information will also require additional processing time.

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.

If you would like to locate a certified copy of a divorce record, and you know the name or names of the counties involved, you may use the following contact information. The telephone numbers have been provided for several of the county courthouses and may be used to gather more information as needed.

List of addresses for New York county courthouses:

State of New York
New York State Dept of Health
Vital Records Section
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237
Telephone: (518) 474-3077
(518) 474-3038 Information
Fax: (518) 432-6286

Albany County
City Clerk
Albany City Hall
Room #254M
Albany, NY 12207
Telephone: (518) 434-5045 (birth)
(518) 434-5080 (marriage)

Allegany County
Allegany County Clerk
1 Schuyler St.
Belmont, NY 14813
Telephone: (585) 268-5423

Bronx County
Bronx County Clerk
1780 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10457
Telephone: (718) 590-3644

Broome County
Broome County Clerk
P.O. Box 1766
Binghamton, NY 13902
Telephone: (607) 778-2451

Cattaraugus County
Cattaraugus County Clerk
303 Court St.
Little Valley, NY 14755-1028
Telephone: (716) 938-9111

Cayuga County
Cayuga County Clerk
160 Genesee St.
Auburn, NY 13021-3424
Telephone: (315) 253-1308

Chautauqua County
Chautauqua County Clerk
P.O. Box 292
Mayville, NY 14757-0292
Telephone: (716) 753-4331

Chemung County
Chemung County Clerk
210 Lake Street
Elmira, NY 14901-3109
Telephone: (607) 737-2811

Chenango County
Chenango County Clerk
5 Court St.
Norwich, NY 13815-1676
Telephone: (607) 337-1450

Clinton County
Clinton County Clerk
137 Margaret St.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2933
Telephone: (518) 565-4700

Columbia County
Columbia County Clerk
560 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534
Telephone: (518) 828-3339

Cortland County
Cortland County Clerk
60 Central Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045-2716
Telephone: (607) 753-5021

Delaware County
Delaware County Clerk
P.O. Box 426
Delhi, NY 13753
Telephone: (607) 746-2123

Dutchess County
Dutchess County Clerk
22 Market St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3222
Telephone: (845) 486-2125

Erie County
Erie County Clerk
92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202-3904
Telephone:(716) 858-8865

Essex County
Essex County Clerk
P.O. Box 265
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Telephone: (518) 873-3655

Franklin County
Franklin County Clerk
63 W. Main St.
Malone, NY 12953-1817
Telephone: (518) 483-6767

Fulton County
Fulton County Clerk
P.O. Box 485
Johnstown, NY 12095
Telephone: (518) 762-0555

Genesee County
Genesee County Clerk
P.O. Box 379, Main and Court Streets
Batavia, NY 14021-0379
Telephone: (716) 344-2550

Greene County
Greene County Clerk
P.O. Box 446
Catskill, NY 12414
Telephone: (518) 943-2050

Hamilton County
Hamilton County Clerk
Rt 8, P.O. Box 204
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
Telephone: (518) 548-6385

Herkimer County
Herkimer County Clerk
109/111 Mary St., P.O. Box 471
Herkimer, NY 13350
Telephone: (315) 867-1002

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Clerk
175 Arsenal St.
Watertown, NY 13601-2522
Telephone: (315) 785-3081

Kings County
Kings County Clerk
360 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3712
Telephone: (718) 643-5771

Lewis County
Lewis County Clerk
P.O. Box 232, 7660 State St.
Lowville, NY 13367-1432
Telephone: (315) 376-5333

Livingston County
Livingston County Clerk
6 Court St.
Geneseo, NY 14454
Telephone: (585) 243-2311

Madison County
Madison County Clerk
P.O. Box 668
Wampsville, NY 13163-0668
Telephone: (315) 366-2261

Monroe County
Monroe County Department of Health
111 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY 14692
Telephone: (585) 274-6140

Rochester Records Management Office
414 Andrews St.
Rochester, NY
Telephone: (716) 428-7331

Monroe County
Monroe County Clerk's Office
39 West Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Telephone: (716) 428-5123

Montgomery County
Montgomery County Clerk
P.O. Box 1500
Fonda, NY 12068-1500
Telephone: (518) 853-3431

Nassau County
Nassau County Clerk
240 Old Country Rd.
Mineola, NY 11501
Telephone: (516) 571-2663

Oyster Bay Town Clerk's Office
Town Hall East
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, New York 11771
Telephone: (516) 624-6336 birth records
(516) 624-6337 death records

Town of North Hempstead Town Clerk
200 Plandome Road, Box 3000
Manhasset , NY 11030
Long Beach City Clerk's Office
City Hall, Rm 307
Long Beach, NY 11561
Telephone: (516) 431-1000 ext 314

New York County
New York County Clerk
60 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007-1402
Telephone: (212) 374-8361

New York City
New York City Division of Vital Records -- Dept of Health
125 Worth Street, Rm #133
New York City, NY 10013
Telephone: (212) 788-4520
(212) 788-8580 Archives

New York City Municipal Archives
31 Chambers St. - Room 103
New York, NY 10007
Telephone: (212) 788-8580

Niagara County
Niagara County Clerk
P.O. Box 461
Lockport, NY 14095
Telephone: (716) 439-7022

Oneida County
Oneida County Clerk
109 Mary St
Utica, NY 13350-1921

Onondaga County
Onondaga County Clerk
401 Montgomery St., Room 20
Syracuse, NY 13202
Telephone: (315) 435-3241

Ontario County
Ontario County Clerk
3907 County Road 46
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Telephone: (585) 396-4376

Orange County
Orange County Clerk
255-275 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924-1621
Telephone: (845) 294-5151

Orleans County
Orleans County Clerk
3 S. Main
Albion, NY 14411
Telephone: (585) 589-5334

Oswego County
Oswego County Clerk
West Oneida St.
Oswego, NY 13126
Telephone: (315) 349-3230

Otsego County
Otsego County Clerk
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326-1129
Telephone: (607) 547-4276

Putnam County
Putnam County Clerk
40 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512
Telephone: (845) 225-3641

Queens County
Queens County Clerk
88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Room 106
Jamaica, NY 11435
Telephone: (718) 520-3137

Rensselaer County
Rensselaer County Clerk
1600 7th Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Telephone: (518) 270-4080

Richmond County
Richmond County Clerk
18 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301-1935
Telephone: (718) 390-5386

Rockland County
Rockland County Clerk
27 New Hempstead Rd.
New City, NY 10956
Telephone: (845) 638-5070

Saint Lawrence County
Saint Lawrence County Clerk's Office
48 Court St.
Canton, NY 13617
Telephone: (315) 379-2000

Saratoga County
Saratoga County Clerk
40 McMasters St.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1908
Telephone: (518) 885-5381

Schenectady County
Schenectady County Office of the City Clerk
Room 107, City Hall
Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Telephone: (518) 382-5035

Schoharie County
Schoharie County Clerk
P.O. Box 549
Schoharie, NY 12157-0549
Telephone: (518) 295-8316

Schuyler County
Schuyler County Clerk
105 9th St., Box 8
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Telephone: (607) 535-8133

Seneca County
Seneca County Clerk
1 Di Pronio Dr.
Waterloo, NY 13165
Telephone: (315) 539-9294

Steuben County
Steuben County Clerk
3 Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810-1573
Telephone: (607) 776-9631

Suffolk County
Suffolk County Clerk
County Center
Riverhead, NY 11901-3398
Telephone: (631) 548-3100

Sullivan County
Sullivan County Clerk
100 Main St
Monticello, NY 12701-1160
Telephone: (845) 794-3000

Tioga County
Tioga County Clerk
P.O. Box 307
Owego, NY 13827
Telephone: (607) 687-3133

Tompkins County
Tompkins County Health Dept
401 Harris B. Dates Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone: (607) 274-6642

Ulster County
Ulster County Clerk
Ulster County Office Building
244 Fair Street
PO Box 1800
Kingston, NY 12402-1800
Telephone: (845) 340-3288

Warren County
Warren County Clerk
1340 State Rte. 9
Lake George, NY 12845
Telephone: (518) 761-6429

Washington County
Washington County Clerk
383 Upper Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828
Telephone: (518) 747-3374

Wayne County
Wayne County Clerk's Office
9 Pearl Street
Lyons, NY 14489-0131
Telephone: (315) 946-5400

Westchester County
Westchester County Clerk
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Telephone: (914) 285-3080

Wyoming County
Wyoming County Clerk
143 North Main Street
Warsaw, NY 14569-1123
Telephone: (585) 786-2264

Yates County
Yates County Clerk
110 Court St.
Penn Yan, NY 14527
Telephone: (315) 536-4221


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