I Lost my Divorce Certificate | What You Need to Know

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Your divorce certificate is an important legal document, and as a result, it is important to keep an accessible copy. However, things happen, and things get lost. Read on to learn more about the importance of a divorce certificate and what to do if you have misplaced your copy.

What is a divorce certificate?

According to newyork.staterecords.org, “In the state of New York, divorce certificates are the most frequently requested out of the three types of records and contain the least amount of information. A divorce certificate contains general facts about the marriage and the divorce, such as the names of the parties involved and the date of the divorce. A divorce certificate is filed with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH) and is usually requested when one of the involved parties wants to obtain a new marriage certificate or wants to change their name. In New York, this document is considered a public record. It can be accessed by anyone online for viewing, but it can only be purchased by the parties or lawyers involved.”

Why do I need my divorce certificate?

The biggest reason to hang on to your divorce certificate is for a future marriage. In New York, it is illegal to be married to more than one person at a time. When you apply for a marriage certificate for your next marriage, you will need to show your divorce decree as proof that your previous marriage has been legally terminated. Other situations that may require a divorce certificate include changing your last name back to your maiden name, refinancing your home after the divorce, updating certain information, and more.

What should I do if I lost my divorce certificate?

If you have lost your divorce certificate, you’re still in luck. In order to obtain a copy of your divorce certificate, you will have to submit an application including your ID and/or proof of address. Additionally, it is important to know that obtaining a copy of your certificate may carry a fee of $30-$45.

If you have any questions or concerns about obtaining a copy of your divorce certificate, contact our firm today.


If you require strong and dedicated legal representation through a divorce or family law matter in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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