Divorce Records Office in Pennsylvania
Divorce Records Offices In Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania divorce records offices are a part of the court records offices for all Family Division sections of the various county Courts of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania. This office has different names, depending on in which county your case is located within Pennsylvania. The Department of Court Records includes the former Office of the Prothonotary. In most western Pennsylvania counties, the office in which court records are stored is called the Office of the Prothonotary or simply the Prothonotary’s Office. The Allegheny County divorce records office located in Pittsburgh, however, is known as the Department of Court Records-Civil/Family. (There is a separate Department of Court Records for Criminal Division, known in many counties as the Clerk of Courts).
All court records are maintained in the Department of Court Records or Prothonotary, and are available to the public unless they are sealed for a specific reason, such as documentation related to children. Most divorce records are available to the public at the Department of Court Records or the Prothonotary. Some of the records that are maintained at the Prothonotary or Department of Court Records are PA divorce decrees and Orders related to family legal issues such as PA child support, child custody, and spousal support. Accordingly, should you require an additional or certified copy of an Order or PA Divorce Decree, then the Prothonotary’s Office is the place that you should visit.
Here is a list of links to all Pennsylvania county websites, where the addresses and contact information for all County Courts of Common Pleas and Prothonotary Offices may be accessed.
Some Family Division Sections of the Common Pleas Courts maintain their divorce records online and can be accessed with nothing more than the first and last name of one of the parties. There is a FREE online search for Allegheny County Divorce Records. You can search for divorce records in Washington County and Westmoreland County online; however, only a name search is free and any additional online records will be at a cost. The Beaver County, Butler County, Lawrence County and Mercer County Divorce Court records are not available online.
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