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I understand. What state did you get divorced in?
I see. What state did you get divorced in? Do you remember?
Good news. Ok, so what you would need to do is you would need to contact the family courthouse where the divorce was entered. For example, if you got divorced in Los Angeles, County, the family courthouse where the judge entered the action will still have a record of your final divorce order. You or a friend can either go down to the courthouse or access their website to purchase a copy. There is usually a small fee for copies of orders, oftentimes under $5. You just need to give them your name and they can run a search, or in some courthouses you can run the search yourself on a self-service computer, it really depends on the specific county, but the court clerk should be the one to manage this for you. Once you have the copy, you can give it to the SSA.
Does that make sense?
Unfortunately, the only way that you can get a copy of any records is to either a) check your own records; b) contact your former spouse; or c) get the information from the courts. Depending on how much money you are willing to spend, you may be able to hire a private investigator to find these records. Because they are public records, anyone can request them from the court and there's no prohibitions (unless a judge says otherwise). 25 years is not usually too long. Once you go back 100 years or more, records are difficult to find, but these records should be on file. What other questions did you have for me today?
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