Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) holds divorce records created between 1861 and 1938. Divorce records are closed for 75 years and on 1 January each year, the next year is open and available to order and view by the public.
The first Victorian divorce legislation was the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act 1861 and was administered through the Victorian Supreme Court. Prior to this, very few Victorian residents obtained divorces under English Ecclesiastical Law. Records relating to some of these cases may be found in VPRS 282 Equity Case Files, Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
Looking for divorce files between 1861 and 1938 and know the name of the petitioner for the divorce?
Try the Index to Divorce Cause Files which links to the digitised copy of the record.
Further information regarding divorce records can be found in the following finding aids:
How to Find Divorce Records
A short guide to finding and ordering Divorce Records for viewing in Public Record Office Victoria reading room at North Melbourne.
Divorce records 1939 – 1975
Researchers seeking access to Victorian divorce records created between 1939 and 1975 can contact the Registry of the Victorian Supreme Court for advice about access:
Supreme Court of Victoria, Level 2, 436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9603 9300
Divorce records created after 1975
In 1976 the administration of divorce was transferred from Victoria to the Commonwealth. Researchers seeking access to Victorian divorce records created after 1975 can contact the Family Court (Victoria) for advice about access:
Family Court (Victoria)
Phone: (03) 8600 3763