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vjg13 Sun 12-Mar-17 13:56:16

I am new to tracing and although the 'findmypast' type websites appear to search for divorce records, do these exist on a register?

ivykaty44 Thu 30-Mar-17 20:38:54

Divorce was very hard to obtain before the 1960's reforms which were pushed through by Coventry MP ( & solicitor) Bill Wilson

What sort of date were you looking for a divorce? There are ways of searching but not online

vjg13 Thu 30-Mar-17 23:47:50

I don't know the exact years, it is 3 divorces involving the same person, the first approx 1978.

ivykaty44 Fri 31-Mar-17 18:06:22

www.gov.uk/copy-decree-absolute-final-order

The central family court records can be searched for a decree absolute, this will not be case files - on a tiny percentage of case files survive after the 1930s for divorce.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 31-Mar-17 18:09:00

What ivy said. Decree absolutes are a matter of public record, so anyone can ask for them. However, they will only search 5 years either side of the date you provide and it's £65 per search.

vjg13 Sat 01-Apr-17 08:47:47

Thank you both so much, how much information is included on a decree absolute? I am trying to find out as much information about my father before I try to contact him, he is likely to be no longer living in the UK so it may not be possible anyway.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 01-Apr-17 08:51:49

If you google decree absolute and click on images, you can see lots on there and decide if it's worth getting them.

vjg13 Sat 01-Apr-17 08:57:58

I just did that! It would seem very little, apart from the names and actual date granted. I may just apply for the one I am most interested in.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 01-Apr-17 09:00:17

Sound s like a good plan smile

ivykaty44 Sat 01-Apr-17 21:12:57

A decree absolute is just names and dates, it's very uninteresting.

If your looking for someone check probate and sills for any wills of people that are likely to have left your father money etc. Wills are far more interesting

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