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Now that divorce records can be viewed by the public, you can find out information you may need for genealogy research, background information on someone you might suspect of fraud or being untruthful about his or her past – or for legal purposes. Whatever the reason, you can now search through Michigan divorce records for information you may need or want. You'll need to submit as much information about the bride and groom and their divorce as possible. Searches for divorce court records in Michigan can go back as far as 1897 and you can apply in person or by mail to:
State of Michigan Vital Records Office
201 Townsend Street
Capitol View Bldg, 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48913
If you apply in person, you may receive same day service, depending on the volume of searches. An application can be mailed to you and the application requires that you supply information about yourself and the reason why you're requesting it. You'll also need to supply the divorce petitioner's and respondent's names and the county in which the divorce took place. Processing the application may take one to two business days and you'll pay a basic fee of $26.00 for a one year search, $12 for each additional copy and $12 for each additional year searched. If you want the copy rushed to you, add a shipping fee of $10.
There's another way to get the Michigan divorce records you need – by using an online, fee-based search service. One service can provide all the information you're looking for and deliver it to you in moments to your computer. For a nominal search fee and a bit of information, you'll get the convenience of not having to leave your home, fill out an application and wait for snail mail to deliver – and, you won't have to reveal who you are or the reason for your search. You'll receive more data than you asked for, such as name aliases, former and current addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, ages of both parties in the divorce, estate records, criminal convictions and lots of background history. It's the best way to ensure that you get all the information you need for the intended purpose.
It’s your choice. Either use the cumbersome state offices to search for Michigan divorce records or click on the link to find out more about online search services. You'll be surprised and delighted at how easy and inexpensive it is to use one of these services to find the information you need.