We provide fast, professional, personal walk-in service to the Probate and Family Divorce Courts of Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties in eastern Massachusetts. Documents available for ordering with this online application include, Certificate of Divorce Absolute, Certificate of Divorce NISI with Separation Agreement, photocopies of judgment of divorce and or separation agreements, as well as court authenticated divorce records complete with Massachusetts state apostilles for use outside the United States.
Please note we cannot obtain divorce dockets that have been impounded nor can we obtain QDRO's. Impounded divorce files and QDRO information is open only to parties named in the record or their appointed attorneys.
YOUR ORDERING OPTIONS: The type of document you select depends on your personal needs for the record. If you need the record for any legal purpose, you'll most likely need Option C or D. If the record is for informational purposes only, than Option A or B is the right choice.
OPTION A : The fee to search for and photocopy a Massachusetts divorce judgement (sent via 1st class mail) is $35. This is a plain photocopy of the actual divorce judgment, signed by a judge and contains the specific month, day and year the divorce was granted. This document, can not be used for most legal purposes, such as applying for social security or, in most states, for getting remarried. See OPTION C, for obtaining certified records used in official or legal matters.
OPTION B : The fee to search for and photocopy a Massachusetts divorce judgment and the divorce separation agreement is $65. These photocopies are NOT attested or certified. They are plain photocopies. This is the same as option A, but includes the details (if any) of the separation agreement, including issues such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership and or child support.
OPTION C : The fee to search for and obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts divorce decree, the "Certificate of Divorce Absolute" is $75. This is a typed, certified court document and contains the court's official, raised embossed seal. This can be used for most legal or official purposes such as applying for social security, getting remarried, adopting children or applying for citizenship. This document does not have a copy of the judges signature. (See below.)
OPTION D : The fee to search for and obtain a certified copy of a Massachusetts divorce judgment, the "Certificate of Divorce NISI" and an attested photocopy of the divorce separation agreement is $100. This includes the details (if any) of the divorce, including issues such as alimony, insurance, custody, visitation, property ownership and or child support. Unlike option B above, which is not certified, this record can be used for child custody issues, alimony enforcement and pension agreements and disbursements. [Please note that a certified judgment and agreement is usually not needed when you are applying for social security, getting remarried, adopting children or applying for citizenship. Please verify requirements from the organization requesting the record.]
OPTION E : Authenticated or Exemplified Divorce Packets are used primarily outside the country, for refiling divorce in another state or, in some cases, for probate court matters and or land sales in other states.There is a minimum fee of $150, for authenticated packets.
All Massachusetts divorce record searches are completed on location at the courthouse and in person by the research staff at mass-doc.com. There is currently no accessible online divorce index or database to access on the internet. In addition, this web site, mass-doc.com is not affiliated with, nor are we employed by, the state of Massachusetts or the state court system. We are an independent court document retrieval business.
DIVORCE DATE AND PLACE
Please select the city or town where the couple last lived while married. If the town or city is not listed, a divorce document search cannot be completed through this application, as that particular county court is not on our list of serviceable courts. However, if by a rare chance the couple were divorced in one of the following county courts, listed below, but did in fact live elsewhere, pick "Unknown" at the end of the city list and explain the details in the "Notes Section" listed below.
We only service the divorce courts of Bristol, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk counties.
SELECT 1st CLASS OR EXPEDITED DELIVERY & TYPE OF RECORD
The judgment is a one page document that allowed for the divorce. There is no detail beyond date and names. The divorce agreement is the official terms of the divorce, including such issues as property ownership and custody. (Divorce agreements can be as small as one page or as large as hundreds of pages. The average is 10 - 15.) The court embossed "Certificate of Divorce Absolute" is needed in most states for situations such as remarriage, citizenship matters, social security filings, taxes and passports. In most of those cases, the agreement is not needed. The certified Judgment of "NISI" and the agreement is what is needed for situations such as complex tax issues, home refinancing and out of state child support enforcement. For more detailed information, please read the list of available ordering options listed above to insure you order the correct type of record.
* Records in Bristol and Middlesex counties older than @ 1985 are currently located in offsite storage facilities. Processing time can vary but can take up to two - three weeks. If that's the case we notify you by email as to expected date of delivery.
** Authenticated Divorce Packets are a custom process, depending on your needs, country requirements and overall size of the docket. The price of $150 is a minimum charge. We will notify before processing as to exact fees and delivery date.
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