Downloading Santa Clara County Divorce Records

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Divorce records like Santa Clara County Divorce Records are not public records because they are not available to the general public, or at least, the complete records of the same are not available to the public. The complete records of the divorce are only available to the parties to the divorce or the relatives of the parties to the divorce. Of course, this does not actually mean that the general public could not get their hands on the records, because they could, it is just that they could not get their hands on the complete records because of the restrictions imposed upon them by the law.


One must remember that being the official records of the divorce, divorce records are the best evidence that one could provide in order to prove that the divorce had been granted and valid. Of course, there are numerous jurisdictions that would take the fact that the divorce records exists as conclusive proof that the divorce exists and had been granted. This is in accordance with the fact that divorce records enjoy the presumption of regularity, and that the contents of the records are considered to be accurate at all times. A divorce records would only be created by the relevant office if the divorce was actually granted.

Before a person could make his request for copies of divorce records at the state level through the Vital Records Division of the California Department of Public Health, which is actually the only source of the records as they are not kept at the local level, one must first distinguish between informational and certified copes. Informational copies are those that are available to the general public, and because of this, they do not contain any information that could be used to steal the identity of the parties identified in the records. Certified copies would contain every available information regarding the parties, but because of this, they are only available to the parties to the event or their close relatives. When it comes to the relevant contents of the records, however, the two are one and the same.

A request for records at this level would require the person who desires the record to first obtain and accomplish the required request form. There are two forms at this level, the request form for a certified and the request form for an informational copy, and neither could be used to request for the other, so the person who desires the record should take note of the form that he or she is obtaining. Once the form is completed, the final step would be to send it to the department for processing together with a money order or personal check to answer for the required fee which is twenty one dollars.

Santa Clara County Divorce Decrees are also available online through the use of online databases, though note that online databases, being mostly privately owned, are not official sources, and as such, the information within them could not be used for official purposes. Still, the records are substantially the same, and the use of these online databases is easier and more efficient.