What is a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage Without Children?

A Decree of Dissolution of Marriage Without Children is the final order dissolving your marriage.

Your Decree is the actual document that will control the terms of your divorce, along with any other documents that are attached, merged or incorporated. For many cases times, the Decree will be filed along with a property settlement agreement, rule 69 agreement or marital settlement agreement; or, the Decree itself will include all of the substance for the property division.

If you are submitting a proposed Decree, the language that you use will be very important since this will be used for all future modifications or enforcement issues. It is likely that you and your ex will have to live with the terms of the decree for years to come. Certain aspects of the Decree can never be modified, like property division. Other items are almost always modifiable, after a sufficient waiting period or change in circumstances.

If you find that your ex is not following the decree or that you need modifications, you may need to file a Petition for Modification or a Petition for Enforcement. Make sure you check with a professional or consult the statutes to ensure that you qualify to make your request.

What Do I Do?

The end is near. When the judge signs this document, your divorce will be final. You will present it to the judge for his/her signature when you are asking for a default. If the judge finds the document acceptable and IF it matches what you requested in the Petition, he or she will sign. The Decree must address all major issues, including

  • Community property and debt
  • Separate property and debt
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Name change
  • And more

Steps to Get There

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