Spoiled Children of Divorce

California Divorce Records
November 18, 2010, 12:49 am
Filed under: Denial

After 1984 the Office of Vital Records in California continued to record Birth, Death, and Marriage Records but gave up on recording Divorce.  I thought I might be able to try to find some way of figuring out exactly what the percentage is.  It seems like somebody somewhere would want to put together a couple of lists of statistics.  We know, for example, how many children of illegal immigrants are struggling to make it in the State but we don’t know a damn thing about what’s happening to the citizens, aside from the fact that the psychologists tell us that they feel bad, but not too bad (Heatherington’s amazing book, sorry if I misspelled the name).

There are a number of websites which offer to sell this information.  But they are offering my name for sale and I’ve never been married.  I don’t want names, I want numbers.  The CDC doesn’t offer numbers so I’m assuming that California doesn’t either.  The website state-divorce-records.com/california_divorce-records gives the following information:

California is the biggest state by population (36 million) but does it also have the most divorces? That cannot be officially verified one way or the other because the State of California does not keep track of the number of divorces, reason unknown! But to be sure, it does maintain public records of which California Divorce Records are a category per the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

California Divorce Records are one of the principal records maintained by the  California Department of Public Health, Office of Vital Records along with Birth, Death and Marriage. It runs the central registry of California Marriages and Divorces.

The office can only issue Certificates of Record of Divorce – and only for divorces that occurred between 1962 and June 1984, again reason for this lameness unknown, and the waiting time could exceed the quoted average processing time of 6 months! A Certificate of Divorce does not indicate a divorce was ever finalized in court or not either.

For divorce record documents which are more substantial than Certificates of Record, certified copies of original California Divorce Records such as decrees, certificates and so forth have to be obtained from the Superior Court in the county where the divorce was filed or that particular County Recorder’s office.

With 58 counties in California, conducting divorce record search at district level can be quite a challenge, the state being one of the more liberal ones in regard to public records notwithstanding. The smart way out is to engage professional record providers. The service from the leading ones are instant, 24/7 and affordable. Unlike government agencies, their databases are linked through all states.

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