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There are a few surprises when searching for Ohio divorce records.  First divorce decrees are not issued by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics.  It only has divorce abstracts from January 1954 to the present.  (An abstract is a form that only list some of the divorce decree information.)  This office only provides information that helps you find decrees from the County Clerk of Court’s office.    You will need to contact the County Clerk of Court’s office for the county in which the couple was divorced.  The following web site will assist you:  http://www.occaohio.com.  It will have the name of the clerk, his office’s address, phone and fax number and e-mail and online address.  You may also download a statewide directory.

When requesting a decree be sure to include the following information:  the name of the bride and groom, the date of their divorce, the city where they were divorced, the years to be searched and your name, daytime phone number including area code, and your mailing address.  The decree will cost $3.00 per every 10 years included in the search for each name requested.

If you do not know the location where the divorce was decreed, you may contact the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, 246 N. High Street, 1st Floor, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, OH  43215-0098.  Include as much of the above information as you have.

Be aware as you search for Ohio divorce records, there are many internet sites that appear to be sponsored by the Ohio State government, but are actually private companies.  These private companies will charge you a fee for their services.   If you choose one of these companies to do the searching for you, you will have the convenience of only filling out all the necessary information online while the company does the rest of the work for you.