A divorce decree usually contains information about allocation of assets between the spouses, child support, custody and visitation arrangements if there are minor children, spousal support and agreement regarding payments of debts, reports LegalMatch. It also provides basic information regarding the divorce case, including the names of both spouses, the decree's effective date and the case number.
A divorce decree includes all terms that both spouses agreed upon or the judge resolved, including the amount of spousal or child support, according to LegalZoom. Only one spouse may obtain a copy of the decree. The typical requirements to get a divorce decree copy include a U.S. passport or state photo identification. The copy is important for checking the divorce terms or filing a petition, especially to change the amount of spousal support.
A divorce decree serves as the court's final ruling, and it completes the divorce process, which means the married status of the spouses ends once the court issues the decree, explains LegalMatch. It provides a summary of each spouse's rights and responsibilities related to the divorce.
While divorce decrees are final in most cases, spouses may appeal a divorce decree if there are errors related to the lower court's ruling, notes LegalMatch. It is possible to modify a divorce decree in the event of disputes regarding child support, alimony, or custody and visitation rights.