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Instructions on requesting a marriage or divorce verification in Texas. Indexes ( lists) of marriage or divorce records by year may be. Marriage and Divorce index information for the Texas Department of State district clerk's office in the county where the court decree was filed.
From to , the county recorders issued marriage licenses and kept marriage registers. Copies of the records can be obtained by writing to the clerk of the county where the license was issued. For information from to the present, write to the Bureau of Vital Statistics see address above. The Family History Library has acquired copies of marriage records from many county courthouses.
From the clerk of the county court in Bexar County, for example, the library has 49 microfilms of marriages and indexes for to The Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and other societies have compiled many early vital records.
Examples of published transcripts of marriages are:. From to , divorces were obtained by special acts of Congress. In , the district courts were given jurisdiction, with some restrictions, over divorces. Since , they have had jurisdiction over all cases. You can write to the clerk of the district court in the county where the decree was granted for copies of records.
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Another method is to attempt service by certified mail. Unfortunately, you will only get credit for this service attempt if your spouse signs on the receipt card and returns it to you. This is another extremely unlikely method of service given that the spouse him or herself must sign for the divorce paperwork.
The courts in Texas have attempted to define what effort is sufficient to show an attempt at finding your missing spouse and serving them with the divorce papers personally.
Some straightforward examples of this include:. You will need to include each step and each method you utilized to locate your missing spouse and the relevant dates on which you attempted each one.
The document will ultimately be signed by you and notarized once complete so it is taken as if you were giving testimony to a judge under oath. It is once you attempt to locate your spouse using the above methods, draft and file the Affidavit of Diligent Search and appear in court in front of a judge to explain your position that a Notice of the divorce by Publication will be permitted. Once this is complete there is still more paperwork to fill out. Either you or your divorce attorney will need to complete an affidavit certifying that to the best of your knowledge what the most recent address of the missing spouse is.
This is due to the fact that if your spouse is an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces then a judgment cannot be taken against them without their having answered a Petition for up to two years after their having been discharged from active duty. Finally, a Final Decree of Divorce will need to be drafted and submitted to the court detailing the proposed division of the martial estate as well as a breakdown of the conservatorship, possession, access and visitation rights as to the children, if there are any.
Once this is all completed, and notice has been published in the newspaper a process server that you hire must complete a Return of Citation.