There are two types of New York divorce records: decrees and certificates. The decree shows the conditions and terms of the dissolution of marriage and is filed in the county where the divorce was granted. For divorces that occurred in New York before January 1963, the decree is the only type of record available as certificates weren’t issued in the state before then. New York divorce certificates are confidential by law and only available to the persons named on the document and those authorized by them, such as legal representatives.
How To Access New York Divorce Records
The New York State Department of Health, Vital Records Office has divorce decrees on file from January 1, 1963 to the present. To access New York divorce records in the form of decrees before that date, the Clerk or Registrar for Divorce in the county where the dissolution of marriage was filed should be contacted.