What Are Civil Records?
Civil records are state and federal court documents of non-criminal, family, and civil registry cases. A civil case occurs when a person or business claims that another has harmed them or their business through their non-criminal actions. Civil records are typically available to the public unless the information is confidential.
Type of Civil Cases:
- Family Law Case: Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce, and Legal Separation.
- Contract Case: When a person files a lawsuit against another for breaching their contract.
- Tenant and Landlord Case: When there’s a dispute between a landlord and their tenant.
- Property Dispute Case: When there’s a dispute over someone’s property such as who owns it.
- Tort Case: When someone has been negligent towards another and seeks compensation.
What Information Can Be Viewed On Civil Records?
The information that can be viewed depends on what the civil records pertain to. In general, you may be able to find out the following:
- If someone is divorced, who they are divorced from, and when.
- Current and past properties owned.
- A child’s biological and non-biological parents’ names.
- Locations where someone has lived.
- Date, location, and the plaintiff and defendant of the case.
- The lawsuit being filed against the defendant.
- And More!
Where Can You Find Civil Records?
To find a specific Civil case number, information, and records, many states allow you to do a court records search. These searches give you access to case files and records available to the public. Otherwise, you can also use Kiwi Searches to do a civil records search on divorce, property ownership, etc.
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*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.