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What should you know about a final divorce decree?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Divorce

Going through a divorce is difficult for any Tennessee resident. Once things are finalized, you will receive the final divorce decree. It’s important to understand it.

When is the divorce decree issued?

Couples who end their marriages through a traditional court divorce often have to wait many months or even years before the divorce is final. The last step of a court divorce involves a trial or an agreement between spouses on how to settle things. In the latter situation, the couple must submit a settlement agreement to the court. The court makes the final decision and then issues the final divorce decree.

What’s included in the final divorce decree?

Once your divorce is finalized by the court and you receive the final divorce decree, there are many aspects covered. The decree includes matters such as alimony, division of property, division of debt, child custody, visitation and child support.

Whatever is included in the divorce decree must be agreed to and followed by both parties. If one party does not comply with matters such as alimony or division of property, the other can go to the court to seek enforcement.

Exactly what is included in your final divorce decree depends on your divorce case. Ultimately, what the decree contains relates to what the divorcing couple decided on. As a result, it’s important to thoroughly read the divorce decree before the judge signs it.

It’s possible to get modifications to the decree in rare cases. For example, if you can prove that you were under duress when you signed it, you might be able to have it changed.