Victorian Genealogy

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Divorce Records

 

SEPARATION RECORDS

For records of judicial separations see Divorce Records.

Historically if a man deserted his wife and/or his children, he was committing a criminal offence. His details may have been published in police gazettes. See Police Gazettes. If he was apprehended, he would be charged and have to face a court. See Court Records. This may have been reported in the newspapers. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.

If a wife left her husband, the husband may have put a legal notice in a newspaper saying that he was not responsible for her debts. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.

 

DIVORCE RECORDS 1861-Present

Divorce records start in 1861 in Victoria. It should be noted that just because there was a divorce filing the divorce actually took place; some records relate to judicial separations and other cases were withdrawn or otherwise settled before the court hearing.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - DIVORCE CASE FILE NUMBER INDEX

Divorce records dating from 1861 and created more than 75 years ago can be seen at Public Record Office Victoria. Not all early divorce records have survived; some in the early 1890s have not. A Divorce Case File Number Index is online on the Public Record Office Victoria website. This includes Melbourne Divorce Records 1861-1938 and Ballarat Divorce Records 1890-1942.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/divorce-files-and-cause-books

 

ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, DIVORCE RECORDS 1860-1940 (VPRS 283 AND 552)

Divorce records sourced from Public Record Office Victoria.

https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/61565/


FINDMYPAST - VICTORIA DIVORCE CAUSE BOOKS 1861-1938

The divorce cause books include a petitioner's name and a respondent's name, as well as the case file number.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/victoria-divorce-cause-books-1861-1938

 

SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA

 

SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA - DIVORCE RECORDS -1976

Divorce records less than 75 years old and up to 1976 can be obtained using the Supreme Court of Victoria website; these are subject to access restrictions which are detailed on the website.

https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/forms-fees-and-services/registry-services/obtaining-copies-of-documents

 

FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA

 

FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA - DIVORCE RECORDS 1976-PRESENT

This deals with marriages, divorces and family law matters. The Family Court may hear appeals from the Federal Circuit Court on family law matters. Appeals from the Family Court are heard by the Full Court of the Family Court. Divorce records from 1976 to the present can be obtained using the Family Court of Australia website.

http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/family-law-matters/separation-and-divorce/

 

AUSTRALASIAN LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE - FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA 1976-PRESENT

https://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cth/

 

AUSTRALASIAN LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE - FAMILY COURT OF AUSTRALIA FULL COURT 2008-PRESENT

https://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cth/

 

NEWSPAPER DIVORCE ARTICLES AND COURT LISTINGS

Articles about divorces can be seen in newspapers. Divorce was quite rare in the 19th and early 20th century and ordinary people getting divorces up to the 1920s were reported in detail. Names of divorcing couples may also be seen in court hearing lists. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.

 

 

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