Divorce is something that terminates marriage and when one understands the importance of marriage and the effects that the same would have not only upon the persons who got married and their families, but also upon the community, and even the whole world, then one could begin to understand the reason why divorce records like Sacramento County Vital Records are important and why they are being requested for not only by those people who were parties to the divorce but by other people as well.
Marriage as an event is something that binds two people, but at the same time, marriage changes the status of these two people, binding not only themselves, but also the whole world. When the marriage is terminated either by death or by divorce, the bonds that bound the two parties would, necessarily, be severed as well, and because these same bonds had assigned upon a person some rights and responsibilities that are binding upon the whole world, when the divorce becomes final, these same rights and responsibilities would be gone and would no longer bind the divorced couple. One of these would be the fact that a person who is already married could not get married to another person. When the divorce is finalized, then that previously married person could get married again.
Before a person could search for divorce records, it is best to remember that divorce records are not public records and because of this, they are not actually available to everyone, or at least, the actual and complete copies of the same are not available to everyone. Of course, because the records enjoy the presumption of regularity, an official certificate reflecting the fact that there is a divorce record could be taken by some jurisdictions, and indeed, are taken by some jurisdictions, as prima facie proof that the divorce had happened.
Copies of divorce records could be obtained at the state level through the California Department of Public Health Vital Records Office. The procedure that is followed is making the request through the use of mail, but take note that because there are two different types of records that could be requested at this level, the person who desires the record should be careful as to the proper request form that he would use because the request form for one type could not be used to request for the other type and vice versa. When the accomplished request form is sent to the office for processing, it must be accompanied by a money order or personal check to answer for the required fee which is twenty one dollars.
Of course, copies of Sacramento County Divorce Decrees may also be found online through the use of online databases. These are mostly privately owned, but the information that they could provide is substantially the same as that of the official sources, though because of the fact that they are privately owned, any information that could be obtained from these sources could not be used for official proceedings. Still, it is advisable to use these online databases because they are faster, more efficient, and cheaper to use.