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Term Definition Certified Copy - a copy of a document contained in the court file.
Application in Divorce A certified copy includes a stamped seal of the court affirming that the copy is indeed a true and correct copy of the same document contained in the court file.

Divorced spouses who need to prove to third parties that they are divorced often need a certified copy of the final divorce decree or judgment. A certified copy can be obtained from the county courthouse where the divorce was filed. At the county courthouse there is a records department that can retrieve this for a fee. It is either a set fee or a fee per page. If one cannot go to the county courthouse to retrieve the certified copy in person, it should be done by mail. Each county recorder’s office has its own mail in instructions, which often require payment with a money order and a self-addressed return envelope.

Certain courts will require a certified copy of a marriage license in order to proceed with a divorce. This is the court’s method of knowing that the parties are actually married before they are willing to grant a divorce. A certified copy of the marriage license if typically submitted with the initial petition or complaint.

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