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Understanding your final divorce decree can be critical

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Divorce, Family Law |

Terminating your marriage in Florida can be a challenging time. Handling it correctly to ensure your wishes are met is essential. Doing so should be easier when you understand the elements making up a divorce decree. This legal document deals with important topics related to alimony, property division, debt division and custody if you have any children.

Checking your divorce decree for accuracy is essential before you sign

Your divorce decree is a legal document that must be accurate and contain specific language and contingencies if you want to ensure your legal interests are protected. Doing so can be essential if your ex-spouse doesn’t comply with any of the stipulations provided in the decree. Taking them back to court may be required if there’s a problem. Using the final divorce decree to have specific terms enforced can be helpful when you’re in this position, making it mandatory to get it right the first time it’s signed. Here are typical problems to look for when reviewing your final divorce for accuracy:

  • Inaccurate or vague, nonspecific language – Using a phrase, such as “liberal and reasonable,” isn’t specific, which can lead to challenges if you’re dealing with an ex-spouse that likes to cause problems.
  • Missing information, agreements or provisions that should be included
  • Incorrect verbiage related to pension fund division – Specific points must be considered on how to treat a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

Understanding your divorce decree can be critical

When creating a divorce decree, it may include these five major areas:

  • Alimony
  • Child support and the payment of your child’s expenses
  • Parenting issues
  • Property Division
  • Debt Division

After your final divorce decree is signed and your marriage is officially ended, it’s still possible to file a motion for modification. Doing so to change areas related to child support and custody, visitation orders and spousal payments is common.

Ensuring your divorce decree is correct and accurate can ensure that your wishes and needs are met after ending your marriage.