Divorce Case Papers copy service
A proportion of State archives are fragile and for this reason we may withhold access to the original archive until it has received attention from our Conservation staff. Archives will be checked on a case by case basis as they are requested either in the Reading Room or for a copy order. If an archive requires conservation treatment there will be a delay in the archive being issued and/or copied. Conservation treatments can take up to six months to be completed.
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Placing your order
Download the print-friendly order form and post it back to us along with your payment.
The cost of each entry is $30.00. An administration fee and postage/handling costs are payable. An additional postage charge applies for overseas orders. See form for details.
We will copy the divorce case papers in its entirety or copies to the value of $30.00. We cannot look for particular documents as this would involve research and we do not undertake research on behalf of enquirers.
If the number of documents in the papers exceeds copies to the value of $30.00 you will be contacted and asked if you are willing to pay an additional amount to have the remainder of the papers copied. If you do not wish to pay the additional amount, the copies will be made in the order in which the documents are stored.
Information you need to provide
To order copies you will need to provide:
- the names of the couple (petitioner and respondent)
- year of divorce
- registered divorce number
- Container/Box number (if known)
How do you find this information?
Check the Family Law (Divorce) Indexes on microfiche in the reading room or search the Online Index and Archives Investigator. The Divorce Papers Guide in the reading room lists the relevant box numbers.
If you have obtained a copy of the NSW marriage certificate an annotation may be given showing the divorce number (if you are unsure send a photocopy of the certificate with your order).
Sealed sections/ envelopes in the NRS 13495 Divorce and matrimonial cause case papers
Occasionally a divorce file will contain an envelope or section sealed by the instructions of the Judge or Registrar that they are not to be opened without permission from the Supreme Court of NSW.
Documents in sealed envelopes and sections of a divorce fie remain closed to public access.
If a divorce file contains a sealed section we will provide you with copies of the open access material and provide you with contact details for the Supreme Court if you wish to request permission to access the sealed section.