Final divorce decree
A final divorce decree is a legal document that marks the official end of a marriage. It is issued by a court after all issues related to the divorce, such as property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support, have been resolved either through an agreement by the parties or a court decision.
The final divorce decree sets forth the terms and conditions of the divorce, including any financial arrangements, custody and visitation schedules, and any other terms that the parties have agreed to or that have been ordered by the court. The decree is a binding court order that both parties must follow.
It is important to carefully review the final divorce decree before it is issued by the court to ensure that it accurately reflects the terms of the divorce. If there are any errors or omissions, they may be corrected through a process called a motion to modify or amend the judgment, but these motions are generally only granted in limited circumstances, such as in cases of fraud, mistake, or newly discovered evidence.
Once the final divorce decree is issued, it marks the end of the divorce process and both parties are legally free to remarry or enter into other legal relationships. It is important to follow the terms of the final divorce decree to avoid legal issues and potential contempt of court charges.