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I was divorced in Long Beach,Calif. in 1996. How do I get a

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I was divorced in Long Beach,Calif. in 1996. How do I get a copy of my divorve decree?

Good morning Doug,

I'm Doug, as well, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

If you are local to the court, you can go to the clerk of the Superior Court and they will assist you in getting a certified copy of the decree.

If you are not local, you can write to the Superior Court Clerk's office in that county and ask them to pull your file and mail you a certified copy of your divorce decree.

This will take some back and forth because they won't know the cost to charge until they see the length of the decree.

Alternatively, you can contact a local private process server in the county, and they can go to the court, look up the file, and arrange to get a certified copy for you and then sent it to you overnight if you need it quickly.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is there a way to do this online?

Hi Doug,

Actually, picking up the phone and calling a process serving company is the easiest way. The court does not have on-line copy services for things like this, and the court is the only entity which can issue you the certified copy of the decree---which may be required for everything from getting remarried, to social security issues.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Is there a way to just view it online? I don't need an official document.

I am aware of no way to search for decrees online from Long Beach Superior---part of the LA County Court System, from that far back. I'm sorry.

While the court systems have made documents from about 2005 to today available online---case file document from earlier than 2005 are just not typically available.

You can try at this link---but I don't believe that it will be available online.

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