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Divorce is difficult for the entire family to go through, but as hard as it is, almost half of all Americans today have gone through at least one divorce in their lives. Many of these people will need to obtain copies of a divorce record either for immigration, legal or personal reasons. Now, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we can search for public divorce records and other vital records on the Internet. Most states provide free divorce records through their Vital Records departments, but Mississippi divorce records must be obtained by the Chancery clerk where the divorce decree was recorded. Although required by law to file Mississippi divorce records with the Office of Vital Records, the state has not yet done so.
But, you may access Mississippi's Vital Records at the following address:
Vital Records of Mississippi
State Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, Mississippi 39215-1700
You'll pay a fee of $6 for each five year search to locate the county in which the divorce decree was recorded. After you know the county in which the divorce was granted, you'll need an application to receive a certified copy of the divorce decree. The information you provide should include the husband’s and wife's full names and the county and date of the divorce. The information you receive can sometimes be helpful in performing a background search on a prospective employee or verifying a person's past. You won't be able (through a state search) to receive information about the cause of the divorce, settlements or child custody agreements.
Another way to get the information you need – without the hassle – is to use the Internet. There are search sites that charge a nominal fee to do a onetime search through Mississippi divorce records and you'll receive the information usually in mere moments and in a concise format. Many people use these services on a daily or monthly basis to gather information for legal purposes, genealogical research or a number of other reasons. Your information will remain confidential and you'll likely receive more information than you would with a state-based search. These services employee professionals who know how to search through vital records to uncover the most information and "translate" it to you so that you don't end up with a document you can't understand – or, perhaps is inaccurate.
Click on the link below to find out more information about fee-based search services. You can perform a onetime search or become a member and use the service whenever you like.