Yes. Divorce is a public record in the state of California, and can be accessed through the state’s Department of Public Health website. This means that you have the option, if you so desire, to look into someone’s marital past, sometimes for free. You may want to think long and hard before choosing to investigate someone’s past, but if you’re going down that path, here are the steps.
In California, divorce records can only be accessed through the Superior Court in the original county the divorce was filed in. While the divorce records are public, you may still need to pay a nominal charge (this usually does not exceed $20) to gain access to the record. You will also need some very basic information, such as the divorcee’s name and the name of their spouse.
To make things easier, it helps to also know the city/state where the divorce was filed, and if at all possible, the date of birth for both people involved (in the wild chance that there is more than one divorced couple with the same name).
Finally, you also have the option of hiring a private company to access the record, likely at a fee.