What is a divorce decree?

What is a divorce decree?

May 20, 2024
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There are a few steps leading up to finalizing a divorce in the state of Texas. The last step is a formal, binding legal court order referred to as a divorce decree or divorce certificate. This document outlines all of the agreements that the divorced couple has decided on throughout the divorce process. It may include child custody arrangement, division of property, alimony, and division of assets. When a judge signs the divorce decree is this final act of finalizing a divorce and all of the decisions regarding the issues of your divorce. All parties involved must adhere to the decree once it is finalized.  

Because the decree is final, you need a trusted Fort Worth divorce lawyer representing you throughout the process to ensure the final order is in your best interests. 

Why would someone need a divorce decree?

There are several reasons that a divorce decree might be important after your divorce is finalized. Once you are attempting to move forward and establish your financial independence, apply for a new mortgage, or take out a line of credit the financial institutions might request records that show your current or future expenses. If needed, you can show that you are not responsible for alimony or child support payments as outlined within your divorce decree. 

Additionally, if your ex spouse is not adhering to the agreement outlined in the divorce decree you may need to file a court order in order to enforce the decree. This is especially common in cases of child custody where one parent is not following the plan as agreed on. 

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Is divorce decree different from “complaint for divorce?”

Yes, a decree divorce is the legal document, signed by a judge, that states that a marriage is over. This is issued as the final stage of the divorce and signifies the legal closure of the divorce case. A complaint for divorce occurs closer to the beginning of the divorce process. This is also sometimes referred to as filing for a divorce and refers to the initial legal process of requesting a divorce and stating a reason for doing so. It typically includes details of the marriage and dates of the separation. 

How to get a copy of a divorce decree or certificate

A divorce decree and certificate is available at the county or district clerk where it was filed. If you need to get a copy of your divorce certificate or decree in Texas you easily order this online. If, for some reason, you are unable to place this order online you can also mail in a request or show up physically to your local county or district clerk office and request this in person. Requesting this documentation should be fast and easy. 

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Going through a divorce without legal representation can cost you both emotionally and financially. Whether you are at the beginning stages of contemplating a divorce or have already started the process it is advisable to speak with an experienced attorney. The team at MBH Fort Worth Family Law is here and ready to help. Call us today at 817-476-7964 or schedule a free initial consultation online.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Constance Mims who has over 15 years of experience practicing exclusively family law. Mrs. Mims is Board Certified in Family Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization..

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