UK Divorce Records Search Procedure
There are several ways you can search for public records on divorce in the UK. One of the ways to do this is find the location where the divorce was filed in and search. Location and contact information for public record offices in the UK can be located using our interactive map. You may simply have to show identification in order to access the records pertaining to the divorce. If you cannot find the records online, you may simply have to contact the public records office where the divorce was filed and find out who the petitioner and respondent of the divorce was.
These records are matters of public viewing so it should not be difficult to find the records you need. Most people will research and use these records and will be able to find the information they need. As mentioned, it is critical to know the name of the respondents and the petitioner in the divorce and the county in which it was filed.
You will also want to know the year the divorce was filed. Divorces that happened during a certain period of time are part of the historical record. Divorces that happened in England and Wales between 1858 and 1937 are found in the National Historical Archive. After 1937 they are in the County registrars office and the historical archives.
Divorces that happened in Scotland prior to 1984 are stored in the National Archives of Scotland. Divorces that happened in Ireland and took pace in Ireland are stored in the Royal courts of Northern Ireland, or in the county where it took place.
Since divorces are part of the public record, you can find the types of information you might need in terms of the divorce. Armed with a little bit of basic information you can find the divorce records that you need.