Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files
Files of papers arising from petitions for divorce, judicial separation, declarations of legitimacy, applications for protection of a wife's earnings, etc, in the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes and Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the High Court of Justice. Some later files also relate to appeals from decisions of magistrates' courts in matrimonial causes.
Access is by the indexes in J 78.
Between 1858 and 1927 almost all divorce files survive. Between 1928 and 1937, the 80% of suits that were filed in the Central Registry are in J 77. The 20% of suits that were filed in the new district registries were destroyed (they are not indexed by J 78). After 1938, very few survive
Many files contain marriage certificates. Later files (after 1938) may contain photographs.
For the period 1858 to 1866 the files are arranged numerically under the first letter of petitioners' names. Thereafter they are in a numerical sequence of file numbers covering overlapping blocks of years.
Supreme Court of Judicature, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, 1875-1970
1987-1995 Lord Chancellor's Department
1962 Supreme Court of Judicature
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