You may be wondering: what is a divorce decree? A divorce decree is the court’s final judgment order that officially terminates a marriage. While each divorce decree will differ from one another, they are meant to briefly cover what each person is expected to do once the divorce has been finalized.
The importance of these decrees isn’t just to list out your duties, but also to officially complete the divorce process. Your status as married or divorced isn’t finalized until the decree has been finished. If a divorce process has not been completed yet, things like debt, taxes, and employee benefits can be affected, amongst other things.
What’s in a divorce decree?
Typically, the following are addressed within divorce decrees:
- Property division
- Matters regarding your children together, if any (i.e. visitation rights)
- Financial obligations of each person (i.e. if a debt needs to be paid)
They also tend to include information related to your case, like the names of each person, the date the decree was issued, and the case’s number. This helps especially if you need to find your divorce decree later in the future. If you do need it, you can typically find them in your county’s records office.
Can they be appealed or modified?
In general, these decrees are final. But situations may come up where the appeal can be appealed or modified. For example, a divorce decree can be modified if there is a change related to support, visitation, or custody. Most of the time, it won’t be modified over an argument over the division of property.
A divorce decree is usually only appealed if there has been an error on the lower court’s ruling. Appeals must be requested as they are not going to be automatically granted and often include strict filing deadlines. Only issues with the law can be appealed.
Should I ask a lawyer for help with a divorce decree?
Divorce decrees are documents that are final and will change or modify very little after it has already been issued. If you are requesting a certain action to take place during the divorce process, you will need to think carefully while doing so as it will stay final.
Having a lawyer on your side to help guide you and suggest ideas to make sure all your bases are covered is never a bad thing to have. This will also make sure everything is as you want it to be or will be good for the future once the divorce decree has been officially issued.
Contact us today to discuss your case and help you prepare everything for the divorce decree. We provide you with 30 min free consultation. If you are looking to have it modified or appeal something, we can also tell you if it is likely to happen or not.
Farbod Majd Esq.
Divorce Attorney w/ offices in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles
Services in English, Turkish, and Farsi/Persian (Iranian/American Lawyer)
8383 Wilshire Blvd Suite 646, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.956.4600 | Fax: 310.878.8989 | Fmajd@FmajdLaw.com