National Records of Scotland

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Statutory Register of Divorces

Statutory Register of Divorces

The Statutory Register of Divorces starts on 1 May 1984.

The records are available as index-linked digital images in the ScotlandsPeople Centre and at Local Family History Centres.

You can also order an official extract from the registers.

The amount of information on extract decree of divorce is limited. You can expect to find the following:

  • names and addresses of both parties (the pursuer and the defender)
  • Sheriff Court
  • court reference number
  • date of decree of divorce
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage.

Prior to 1984 divorces in Scotland, of couples who had married in Scotland, were recorded in the Register of Corrected Entries.

Further information about the related court papers and a history of divorce in Scotland can be found in our research guide about Divorce and Separation Records.