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Provisional and Territorial Government Divorce Records
The records document formal divorce requests or petitions made to the Legislative Assembly, which had sole authority to grant divorces before courts were given jurisdiction in the 1850s. Petitions often include the date, nature of the complaint and request, and petitioner's signature. The size and scope of the records vary greatly depending on the complexity of the divorce. They may include exhibits or attachments such as affidavits, depositions, and related documents.