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Are Texas Divorce Records Public?

by | Feb 15, 2022 | SEO Articles |

Yes, someone can get facts about your divorce if they have specific information. Once your Texas divorce is final, the final divorce decree remains a vital piece of documentation. Anyone can apply for a copy of their divorce records.

What is a Divorce Decree?

The divorce decree is the final orders from the Court. These orders contain child support, custody, visitation, and spousal maintenance details. Therefore, it is a legally binding document.

To order a copy of a divorce decree, you must contact the District Clerk’s Office in the District where the divorce was filed.

A file-stamped copy of a divorce decree is not the same as a certified copy. You will only need a certified copy of your divorce decree if an entity like your retirement plan administrator requires it to transfer assets to you.

If the divorce decree was filed in Travis County, Texas, you can use this link to get a certified copy: District Clerk Records Request. You can find more information about records in the District Clerk’s office here.

Can You Apply to Have the Records of Your Texas Divorce Sealed?

Discuss the procedure to apply for your divorce records to be sealed with your divorce attorney Austin, Texas. The requesting party must file in writing and state why the documents should not be available to the public. The Court can either allow or deny family law case records to be sealed. 

Why You Might Need a Copy of Your Texas Divorce Decree

Some countries or states may require a copy if you apply for a marriage license.

You may be qualified to file for benefits based on your ex-spouse’s social security earnings. In addition, your Texas divorce decree and marriage certificate could establish that you were married for sufficient time to qualify for benefits.

If you are required to prove that your divorce was final, the decree will serve that purpose. For instance, a bank may require a copy to close a joint bank account.

Your Texas divorce decree provides a record of your divorce’s final terms, including details regarding child custody and support, for instance. The division of marital assets and debts will be included in this vital document, too.

As you can see, you should keep a copy of the documents and records related to your Texas divorce.

If you have questions about divorce in Austin, contact Lazar Law at 512-477-1600 for sound advice and effective representation throughout your divorce.

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