The State of Wyoming did not begin to keep track of divorces until 1941. Prior to 1941, the county district court file was the only official record of a divorce.
In some cases, the courts have transferred the actual files to the Wyoming State Archives but have retained the indexes. Contact the county's Clerk of District for a case number and to find the location of the actual file.
Did the divorce happen UNDER 50 years ago?
The state-issued certificate is not yet an open public record. Contact Wyoming Vital Statistics. Or contact the county's Clerk of District Court office for a case number. Depending upon the county, actual case files may still be with the court or have been transferred to the Wyoming State Archives (without the index).
Did the divorce happen OVER 50 years ago but after 1941?
The certificate is an open public record. Contact or visit the Wyoming State Archives.
Are they available online?
No, not at this time.
State-issued Record of Divorce for Bong Lee and Rose Galvin Lee, married in Littleton, Colorado in 1945 and divorce in Laramie, Wyoming in 1951. Bong was Chinese and Rose was white. (Wyoming Vital Records divorce certificate #579, 1951)
A state-issued Record of Divorce or Divorce Certificate contains a synopsis of the court record, including:
The certificate may also include:
Divorce certificates and the information they contain is very useful to identity thieves. To better protect Wyomingites, the Wyoming Department of Health has restricted these state-issued records for 50 years and require an application and proof of identity to view those created less than 50 years ago. After that time has passed, the certificates become open public records, available to anyone without an application.
Yes. Divorce certificates were created at the time of the divorce and the information was provided by the individuals themselves (1st hand account) through court records they filed.
Citations are an important part of documenting your search and add credibility (and reliability) to your research.
[Name of person], [year/certificate number], divorce certificate, Vital Statistics Unit, Wyoming Department of Health, [repository].
Bong Lee and Rose Galvin Lee, #579/1951, divorce certificate, Vital Statistics Unit, Wyoming Department of Health, as on file at the Wyoming State Archives.