Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana
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Divorce News and Records, Allen Co., Indiana
These are incomplete, growing, lists of divorce cases compiled from court order books, case files, and newspapers. Some of the cases listed were dismissed and others resulted in divorce decrees.
Read about Indiana's role as The Divorce Mill of the Midwest in the mid-1800s.
In his Jan. 1871 message to the Indiana State Legislature, Governor Conrad Baker explained the causes for which divorces might be granted under state law:
Governor Baker objected to the fourth cause because it had been so liberally construed in favor of divorce applicants. He favored a return to the language in the statute of 1843 which specified cruel and inhuman treatment as a cause for divorce. Governor Baker further objected to the seventh, discretionary, clause because it was vague. He recommended tightening residency requirements and adding other restrictions in an effort to deter residents of 'Atlantic cities' and 'sister states' from seeking divorces in Indiana to circumvent laws elsewhere.
Much of the Governor Baker's divorce-law agenda came to fruition with an act passed March 10, 1873.
See the report from the Fort Wayne Gazette of Mar. 20, 1873 at right: