Divorce is something that terminates the marriage, and to fully understand the implications that divorce would have not only upon the parties to the terminated marriage but also to the community as a whole, one must first understand the implications and effects of marriage. Only when one understands marriage and divorce and the importance of both could one fully appreciate the reason why people are requesting for copies, or at least verifications, of divorce records like Paulding County Divorce Records.
One must first understand that marriage is something that changes the status of a person, and status is something that follows the person no matter where he or she may go. It attaches certain rights and obligations upon a person, and one of those obligations would be the obligation to not get married to anyone other than the spouse of the person. A subsequent marriage while the first one is still in existence would be bigamous and many jurisdictions consider this a crime that they would then prosecute. Thus, before a previously married person could get married again, he or she must first claim that his marriage had already been terminated and that he is able to produce a copy of the decree of divorce giving him the right to marry once more.
In fact, one of the reasons why divorce records, or at least verifications of the same, are being requested for is so that they could be used to prove that the person named in the records is no longer married and that he or she is once more capacitated to get married to another person not his or her former spouse. Fortunately, while divorce records are not public records in the sense that they could not be requested by anyone, they are still under the presumption of regularity and they do enjoy that presumption.
Copies of divorce records are only available at the county where the divorce was granted, and they could only be requested in person, which means that the person who desires the record would have to travel to the county where the divorce was granted and ask for the records there. It is important to note that only those people who have a substantial interest to the divorce may actually request for the records in question, but for those people who have no substantial interest, they could still make a request for a verification as to the existence of the divorce, and some jurisdictions would accept the verification as conclusive proof that the divorce had happened. There is also the fact that sometimes, the records are requested for simply to make sure that the records really do exist without using them for official proceedings.
Another source of copies of Paulding County Divorce Decrees would be online databases. These online databases have substantially the same information as the various government sources, though note that because they are mostly privately owned, the data that they could present is not allowed in official proceedings, and could only be used to help the searcher locate the official records in a search using the proper government archives. Nevertheless, the information that they could provide may be sufficient if the purpose is not to use the records for official proceedings.