In many cases, records for individuals divorced in New Hampshire are available from the City or Town Clerk in your community. If you were divorced in New Hampshire sometime after 1989, you will likely be able to a certified copy of your divorce decree at our office located at One City Hall Plaza or from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration.
Divorce records are considered private and confidential, with access limited to those individuals who have a "direct and tangible" interest in the record. The only exception are divorce records more than 50 years old which are considered public and are open to the public.
Copies of divorce records may only be obtained by the registrant, a member of his/her immediate family, or a representative with a "direct and tangible interest" such as an attorney. In order to determine if the "legal representative" may have access to the record, the direct and tangible interest must be listed in any written correspondence with a copy of such legal document being provided.
Defintion of Immediate Family: Mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, great-grandmother, great-grandfather, nephew, niece or any spouse of divorced or legally separated person or person whose former marriage has been annulled. It shall not include cousins.
The fees for a certified divorce decree is $15.00 for the first copy and $10.00 for each additional copy requested at the same time for the same record. Please make check or money order payable to the City of Manchester.
Applying for a Certified Copy of a Divorce Decree
In Person - You may come down to the Office of the City Clerk, One City Hall Plaza, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Can't make it to City Hall by 5:00 p.m.? Did you know we're also open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each week, excluding holidays. You will also need to provide positive identification and complete a request form.
By Mail - You may complete the online application form Request for Divorce Decree and send with proper payment to the Office of the City Clerk, One City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH 03101. A self-addressed return envelope with the appropriate postage affixed is required to process all mail requests.
If the record is not found, the office will retain the $15.00 for each record requested, and notify you that the record was not found.
The State of NH requires a copy of the driver's license for the individual applying for a copy of the divorce decree before a record will be released.
Amending a Divorce Decree
Sometimes a person may find that the information on the official divorce decree is not correct or information is missing. If this is the case, you must contact the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records Administration. Under no circumstances can the Office of the City Clerk amend your decree. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at (603) 624-6455 or by Email with any questions you may have regarding obtaining divorce decrees.
In New Hampshire, divorces are handled through the Superior Court system. Please contact them, or a divorce attorney directly to schedule a hearing.