A central index of all decrees absolute of divorce and final orders dissolving a civil partnership granted by the courts of England and Wales since 1858 is kept at the Principal Registry of the Family Division in London. This is a public record and you can make a search relating to your own or any other marriage or civil partnership. You can obtain an official written result of the search, as well as a copy of any decree absolute of divorce or dissolution granted to the parties concerned.
What do we do?
We will prepare the necessary application form based upon your answers to our questionnaire. We will tell you what the court fee is, which will depend upon the number of years to be searched. We will then carry out the search on your behalf, either personally or by post as you wish.
Once the search has been completed there are a number of possible outcomes.
Firstly, the result of the search may confirm that no trace of a decree absolute of divorce or dissolution has been found from the information supplied.
Secondly, the result of the search may confirm that a decree absolute of divorce or dissolution of civil partnership has been granted, and that the original proceedings took place at the Principal Registry of the Family Division. If so, a copy of the decree absolute or dissolution will be sent to us with the result of the search.
Finally, the result of the search may confirm that a decree absolute of divorce or dissolution has been pronounced, but that the proceedings took place in a different court, in which case the Principal Registry will write directly to the appropriate court. This court will post a copy of the decree absolute to us within a couple of weeks.
We will send you the result of the search and any related decree absolute of divorce or dissolution