Road To Divorce

- ENGLAND 1530-1987

L Stone, Oxford University Press, 1990

the Family Division maintains an index to all divorces from 1858. They will search this index for you and produce a certificate of divorce, for a fee of £20 per ten years. They will send a D440 form for you to apply for a search. For research purposes, there is only any point in commissioning a search for a divorce from 1944 onwards, as the previous period can be covered at TNA.

In all cases, newspapers loved reporting the ins and outs of divorce cases. Local - and, for prominent people, national -newspapers are always worth searching, at the British Library Newspaper Library, or in local archives. They will often give you more detail than the divorce records themselves. ■

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