South Dakota Marriage Records Lookup
Marriage and Divorce Records Information
Depending on the
jurisdiction, official marriage records will be called a
marriage certificate or a marriage license. In some
jurisdictions a marriage certificate is the official record that
two people have undertaken a marriage ceremony. In other
jurisdictions, a marriage license serves a dual purpose of
granting permission for a marriage to take place and then
recording the fact that it has done so. In the US, the
certificate of marriage is recorded on the same document as the
marriage license and the application for marriage. This allows
all information relating to the marriage to be recorded on one
The two types of
divorce records are a divorce decree and a divorce certificate. The
divorce decree is a document that is prepared by the court, setting
forth the terms and conditions of the divorce. It is signed by the
judge and filed with the county clerk of the county where the decree
was issued. A divorce certificate contains basic information about
the husband and wife and the date and place the marriage ended.
Certified copies of a divorce certificate are official copies issued
by a court on the state or county level.
If you are seeking to
find marriage records or divorce records it will be helpful to know
the state and/or county that the marriage or divorce took place.
Marriage and divorce records databases are typically available to
access online for a small fee. These databases provide people with
the means to attain marriage and/or divorce records much easier than
they otherwise would be able to do.
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