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Dear Attorneys,


My divorce is finalized and I am switching the beneficiary of my life insurance policy, but they need a certified copy of my divorce decree. Do I get that from my attorney?



Certification Charlie


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Dear Charlie,


This is a question that we receive all the time. No, your attorney will not have a certified copy of your divorce decree (unless you had already asked them to obtain one). You will need to go to the courthouse and obtain a certified copy.  The cost is usually $25.00.  This will be a printout of the final divorce agreement with a raised seal on it.  Aside from insurance companies, this is commonly requested by a church (or other religious organization) prior to a second marriage, and is sometimes also necessary when obtaining a mortgage or re-finance. If you have an older file, it can be helpful to call the court in advance to request such.


Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at


Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group


*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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