Maine Divorce Records Index, 1800 to 1891
There are 14,126 divorce records compiled in the Maine Divorce Records Index. These divorce records start in the year 1800 and go up through 1891 and were provided by the Maine Department of Human Services. Additional details about the Maine Divorce Records Index can be found online at the Maine Department of Human Services website.
Information Available In This Collection
Divorce records contained in the Maine Divorce Records Index usually offer the full names of both parties involved, the location and date of the divorce, and the volume number where the source divorce record is located.
About the Maine Department of Human Services
The Maine Department of Human Services is responsible for maintaining these divorce records and for handling requests for copies. To learn more about requesting copies of divorce records, contact the Maine Department of Human Services below.
Maine Department of Human Services
221 State Street
Augusta, Maine 04333
Maine vital records, which include death certificates, marriage, birth and divorce records, are maintained by the Maine Department of Human Services. Maine began keeping track of vital records in 1892, although records between 1892 and 1922 are held by the Maine State Archives. The vital records maintained by the Maine Department of Human Services date back to 1923 and up through the present.
In Maine, vital records, including divorce records, only become public record once they are older than 100 years. Otherwise, individuals requesting copies of vital records must show government-issued identification that demonstrates the individual is the person on record, the spouse of the person on record, an immediate blood relative or guardian of the person on record. The other exception is if a genealogist with a research card issued by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Date, Research and Vital Statistics.
Divorce records along with other Maine vital records can be requested in person at the Maine Department of Human Services Vital Records Division office located in Augusta at 244 Water Street. Written requests for copies of divorce records are also accepted when accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. To order copies online, VitalChek , an independent vendor, provides this service through their website.
When making a request for divorce records from the Maine Department of Human Services, the following information must be included in the request: date of divorce; the names of the parties involved at the time of the divorce; where the divorce took place; and a check that covers the amount of copies requested (each certified divorce record copy costs $15) made out to "Treasurer: State of Maine."
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