There are very few events in the world that would change the civil status of a person, and marriage is one of them. As something that changes the status of a person, the effect of a valid marriage is something that would follow the person no matter where he or she may go, and the rights and obligations attached by the marriage would also follow the person no matter where he or she may go. There are only two things that could validly end a marriage, death of one of the parties to the marriage, and dissolution of the same via divorce. When one considers just how important marriage is, then one could begin to get a glimpse of just why divorce, and the records of the same such as Collier County Divorce Records, is very important.

One of the effects of a valid marriage is the obligation of the parties to not get married to other people, and this is an obligation that would follow them wherever they go. Once the marriage has been dissolved, both parties are again capacitated to marry. Seeking the clearance to get married once more is one of the reasons why people seek copies of divorce records, so that the same could be presented upon the proper court and allow the parties to the divorce to get married.

Now, it is important to remember that in the state of Florida, divorce records are public records in the sense that anyone could request for them. Divorce records are not restricted records, and the law would allow people, even those who are related to the parties to the divorce, to request for the actual records. Divorce records are protected by the presumption of the regularity of business such that the records are always considered to be accurate and the person who would allege otherwise would have the burden of proving his or her allegation. Nevertheless, copies of divorce certifications may be obtained by anyone, and most jurisdictions would accept the certification issued by the proper issuing authority as sufficient to prove that there is a valid divorce.

The proper issuing authority in the case of Florida would be the Florida Department of Health, and the procedure to request for the same would involve the person who desires the record first sending request letter to the office. The letter is non-standard in format but should include the name of the person making the request and his address and telephone number. The letter should also include information about the spouses who had gotten divorced, the date of the divorce, and the city or county where the divorce was granted. Note that when the letter is sent, it must be accompanied by a money order or personal check to answer for the required fee which is five dollars for the first copy, plus an additional four dollars for every additional copy of the same record that would be requested for at the same time.

Copies of Collier County Divorce Decrees are also available online through the use of online databases. These online databases are easy to locate and even easier to use, often requiring only the most basic internet search knowledge in order to use.