What is a Divorce Decree?

What is a Divorce Decree?

At the end of your divorce case, the final document ordered by the Court is called a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage or Divorce Decree. The Decree is the document that finalizes the end of your marriage. A Decree is more than just a piece of paper, it is a document that has specific requirements and describes certain actions approved by the Court.

Requirements of a Divorce Decree

Colorado Revised Statute §14-10-106 lays out certain protocols for the Divorce Decree. First, the statute says that the Decree will be entered when the Court finds that one of the parties has lived in the State of Colorado for ninety-one days prior to the commencement of the case. Next, the Court must find that the marriage is irretrievably broken and that ninety-one days has passed since acquiring jurisdiction over the respondent in the case.

Terms in a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage

In every Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, the Court considers, approves, and allocates parental responsibilities or child custody with respect to any minor children of the marriage. Additionally, the Decree addresses any child support, who is entitled to receive this support, spousal maintenance, and the division of property. This document should state that the Separation Agreement or division of property is fair and equitable and that any allocation or parental responsibilities are in the best interest of the children.

Additionally, if a party is requesting a name change or restoration, the Decree should state that this change is not detrimental to any person or for the purposes of defrauding any third-party creditors. Unless the appealing party is appealing a finding that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the marriage will be dissolved and the parties will be free to remarry if they so choose.

Contact a Family Law Attorney to Learn More About Divorce Decrees

Just remember that at the end of a long journey, your family law divorce case, your goal is to get a divorce decree. This piece of paper is the final document you need to be officially divorced.

If you have questions about your Colorado Springs divorce, contact us at Springs Law Group. The family attorneys at our firm are skilled advocates who care about your case and could help guide you with a plan for success.