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Colorado Divorce Records



How to Uncover Colorado Divorce Records


Are you trying to fill in the gaps in your family tree? Maybe you need to apply for child support or spousal maintenance? Or perhaps you are looking to get remarried and you need to prove that your previous marriage was dissolved? Whatever your circumstances, there are plenty of reasons why you would want a copy of your or somebody else's divorce records. In Colorado, divorce records are relatively easy to find, but you should keep in mind that divorce records are kept in different databases depending on when those divorces were actually decreed. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can uncover divorce records in Colorado.

State Archives

If you are doing genealogical research then you will want to check out the State Archives. This is one of your most important stops if the purpose of finding a Colorado divorce record is to research a family tree. There is a handy online tool that allows you to search for divorce records held in the State Archive. Keep in mind that these records are historic in nature, meaning that you typically won't be able to find your own divorce record through them. Furthermore, the time frame covered by the records depends on which county the divorce was filed in. The archives cover divorces in Conejo County, for example, that occurred between 1899 and 1915, whereas the records for Park County cover 1957 to 1974.

District Court Clerk

If the records you are looking for are not covered by the State Archives then you will have to get in contact with the Court Clerk in the District in which the divorce was decreed. If it's a certified copy of your own divorce record that you are after then contacting the District Court will almost certainly be the solution. This solution simply requires visiting or mailing the District Court that was responsible for the divorce that you are after. Keep in mind that there may be a fee when applying for a certified copy of your divorce record.

Public Libraries

Public libraries also provide a great resource for finding historical information related to divorces in Colorado. The Denver Public Library, for example, has this handy PDF sheet that lists divorces in Colorado that occurred between 1861 and 1941. The document includes the names of the spouses, the county in which the divorce was decreed, the date of the decree, as well as the docket number. This information, which is completely free, is extremely useful for those who are doing historical research.

Public records are not always the easiest to get your hands on, but fortunately in Colorado finding divorce records, whether your own or your ancestors', is pretty straightforward. Furthermore, there are plenty of online databases that work to compile the records that are described above, meaning that a quick Google search may also uncover the information that you are after.


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