Can you look up divorces in California? California makes divorce records available to the public unless a divorce court has sealed the records. Any member of the public can access the papers of most divorce cases. To be sure, the information in your divorce case could include personal details.
How do I look up court cases in California?
- Go to the courthouse and ask to look at paper records.
- Go to the courthouse and look at electronic court records.
- If your court offers it, look at electronic records over the internet. This is called “remote access.”
What happens after you file for divorce in California? Once you have served your spouse, they will have 30 days to complete a parallel set of divorce papers called the response. They too will need to file their forms with the court clerk. If your spouse fails to file the response within this timeframe, the court has the ability to issue a default judgment against them.
How do you find out if you are divorced?
- Most courthouses have a public records computer terminal. You can search by your name or the name of your spouse. Check them carefully and get the right file.
- Ask the court clerk’s office for help. The counter clerk can look records up for you and confirm whether a divorce has been filed.