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The reasons for searching divorce records vary – from genealogical data for a family tree to background information on a prospective employee or person of question. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, you can now search through public divorce records to find information you might need or want. If you're searching for Iowa divorce records there are a few things you should know. The divorce records in the state of Iowa have been recorded since approximately 1834 and some of the information you might derive from the records include ages of both parties, date of marriage and divorce – and much more. Law professionals often need this information for lawsuits and other legal issues that must be solved. To request an Iowa divorce record, you'll need to send a check or money order for $15 to:
Iowa Dept. of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Lucas Office Building First Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
You’ll also need to enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of the divorce certificate. There is a certain amount of information you must have to ensure that the search is accurate. The couple's names and date of divorce is helpful as is any other information you might have. There are thousands of records that might be included in a divorce record's search, since the rate of divorce is currently so high. To ensure the accuracy of the report you receive, you may want to choose an online, fee-based search service to do the work for you rather than overworked and understaffed employees of the state. These search sites charge a nominal fee to search through Iowa divorce records or any state's divorce records and you'll usually receive a comprehensive report about the divorce within minutes of entering the search information.
These search sites are widely used by legal professionals and those who need genealogical records on a regular basis. The searches are confidential and the report you receive usually has much more information on the couple than the information you'd receive from a state-based search. The more information you can provide on the Iowa divorce record you’re searching for, the better – but, these search sites employ professionals and powerful data bases and search engines for their sites. So, you only need the most miniscule of information to find the record you need. Click on the link to find out how you can get started searching for the divorce record(s) you need.