How to Get a Certified Divorce Certificate in Kansas
Divorce is not always easy but sometimes is necessary. After the proceedings, you may want to have a copy of your divorce certificate as you adjust to your new life.
There are several reasons you may need a copy of your divorce certificate such as:
- During legal name change
- When divorced persons choose to remarry and are applying for a new marriage license
- Anywhere proof of divorce is required, without laying bare the specifics of your divorce
- Refinancing a mortgage
- Getting a landed immigration status
Obtaining a divorce certificate can be a complicated process. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to apply for a Kansas divorce certificate.
The Difference Between Divorce Certificates and Divorce Decrees
Divorce certificates and divorce decrees are two separate legal documents describing slightly similar things but at different magnitudes. A divorce decree is a written judgment of the court's final ruling in a divorce trial that finalizes the marriage dissolution process. A divorce decree in Kansas has legal authority, and it is issued and maintained by the Office of the Clerk of District Courts, where the divorce was finalized. It provides details of the divorce settlement concerning:
- Spousal support
- Division of assets and liabilities
- Child support, custody, and visitation rights, if the couple has minor children
A divorce certificate document authenticates the dissolution of a marriage without revealing the particulars of the divorce.
Are Divorce Certificates in Kansas Available to the Public?
In the Sunflower State, divorce certificates are restricted. To access a divorce certificate in Kansas, you need to belong to one of the following categories:
- The couple
- Their authorized legal attorneys
- Their immediate family
- Anyone with a legal court order granting access to the document
How Much Will I Pay to Get a Divorce Certificate in Kansas?
The applicable fee for a certified copy of the Kansas divorce certificate is $15.00. An extra fee of $15.00 is required for every additional print. In case the requested certificate is not found, the fee is retained.
|City/County/State Office||Contact Address and Phone Number||Divorce Certificate Processing Fee|
|Kansas Vital Statistics||1000 S.W. Jackson Street
Topeka, KS 66612-2221
|First Copy: $15.00 Additional Copies: $15.00|
How Long Does It Take to Receive a Divorce Certificate from Kansas?
Generally, it takes two weeks or even less to process divorce certificate requests. However, the delivery method you settle on will determine how long it takes to receive the results.
What You Need to Apply for a Certified Divorce Certificate in Kansas
Regardless of the form of request, you will be required to provide the following details and documents to get a copy of a divorce certificate in Kansas:
- The requestor's valid government-issued photo ID
- Names of divorced parties
- Date of divorce. If unsure of the year, provide a five-year search range
- City and county where the divorce was granted
- The requestor's personal information such as name, address, and phone number
- The requestor's relationship with the divorced parties
How Can I Get a Certified Copy of a Divorce Certificate Kansas on My Own?
There are three ways to access divorce certificates in Kansas on your own: in-person, by phone, or by mail.
During business hours, visit the vital records office with a printed and completed request form for a divorce certificate for Kansas.
You can contact 1-877-305-8315 to place credit card requests. Note that the phone service is automated and doesn't work on weekends and holidays.
Before mailing the requests forms:
- Find the physical mailing address of the office you're applying from.
- Enclose applicable fees with the request and mail.
Next Steps for Getting a Divorce Certificate in Kansas If You Cannot Do It Yourself
You may want to escape the inconvenience of waiting in line or sending in your request with a check/money order. DoNotPay is a fast and convenient way of obtaining legal and certified divorce certificate copies in Kansas.
With DoNotPay, you can digitally apply and request certified copies straight from your laptop through our Certificates of Divorce product. We will walk you through a few questions to locate the certificate and verify your identity before generating a completed request form.
Once you confirm that your details are correct, we will mail it to the vital records office with a check to cover the application fee on your behalf. If the application requires a notarization, we will help you schedule an online appointment through our virtual notary product.
How to Get a Divorce Certificate Copy in Kansas Instantly Using DoNotPay
You can get a certified divorce certificate in minutes. If you want to get a copy of a divorce certificate in Kansas, but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 7 easy steps:
- Go to the Certificates of Divorce product on DoNotPay.
- Select whether the certificate belongs to you or a relative/loved one. If it belongs to someone else, enter the details of both people on the certificate, and select/upload evidence that proves your relationship with them. If the certificate is yours, enter the details of your spouse.*Please note: some states only allow people named on the certificate to apply.
- Enter the city, state, and county where the divorce certificate and original divorce certificate were issued as well as the dates they were issued on.
- Indicate what you will be using this certificate for, and choose whether you need an authorized or certified copy.
- Enter your contact information and shipping address. Upload copies of your government-issued identification, such as a driver's license.
- Choose whether you would like to electronically sign this form or not. Once we generate the form, verify that all of the information is correct.
- If you need the document to be notarized, schedule a notarization appointment using our Notary product. Otherwise, proceed to our Mail Checks product and let DoNotPay mail-in your request form with a check on your behalf.
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