When asking an FSP to get a copy of a foreign divorce decree, give it complete identifying
information as follows:
Date the divorce was granted (at least the month and year);
Name and address of the court which granted the divorce (if unknown, show the complete
address(es) of the parties at time of the divorce);
Full names of the parties to the divorce; and
Date and place of the marriage if they were married in the same country (include a
copy of the marriage record if in file).
Avoid vague requests to check records for many years (e.g., 1931 -1942) or for large
areas (e.g., Mexico City). However, if it is necessary to request a search for a long
period, explain the reason for the request (e.g., we have two widow claimants and
this information is needed before applying a presumption of the validity of the last
In Mexican cases, give full identifying information since most courts do not keep formal records. A search of these records can require
a manual search of piles of copies of decrees which are not in chronological order.