A marriage is not something that would last forever, because no person could live forever. The death of a person would dissolve his or her marriage, but there is one other event that could dissolve a marriage without the involvement of one person dying, and that is the proceeding called divorce. The proceeding is an official proceeding that does involve the state so there are official records of divorce and these are what are known as divorce records of which Kern County Divorce Records are an example.
Marriage is something that alters the status of the person involved in the marriage, and status is something that would follow the person no matter where he or she may go. It is one of the reasons why a person who is already married could not get married to someone else even if that person were to flee to another jurisdiction. Divorce is also something that would alter the status of the person and it is something that is binding upon the person no matter where he or she may go. Thus, a person who is already divorce regains his legal capacity to marry, though it may be that he would be required to first present copies of his divorce records in order for him to get the necessary license to get married again.
Fortunately, divorce records are rather easy to obtain in the state of California for both those who are parties to the divorce and those who are not. Note, however, that a party who is not involved in the divorce would have no right to get the actual records, or the certified copies of the records, only the informational copies. Still, both informational and certified copies would contain essentially the same information, it is just that informational copies could not be used for identification purposes. Again, certified copies could not be obtained by someone who is not a party to the divorce or is not related to the parties to the divorce.
Copies of divorce records, whether informational or certified, are available at the state level, though the procedure to obtain them would be via mail. The first step would be to obtain the necessary request form and accomplish the same. note that there are two types of forms at this level, one for a request for a certified copy, and one for the request for an informational copy. Note that neither could be used to request for the other, so be careful when downloading the request form. The next step once the form is complete would be to send it to the office for processing together with a money order or personal check for twenty one dollars which is the basic fee.
Copies of Kern County Divorce Decrees may also be obtained online through the use of online databases. While the information that may be obtained from these sources are not official and could not be used for official proceedings, note that they are substantially the same as that which could be obtained from the official sources, and they are also faster, and easier to use.