If you have recently gotten divorced, you may be looking to rid yourself of all tokens of your previous marriage. However, it is important that you hang onto your divorce decree. While this document may conjure up bad memories, it will likely come in handy in the future. Read on to learn more.
What is included in a divorce decree?
A divorce decree is a document that legally finalizes your divorce. It may include information such as:
- each spouse’s identifying information, including names, addresses, and birth dates
- the court’s address and telephone number
- information about any attorneys involved in the case
- the case number
- the official end date of the marriage
- the judge’s name
- a declaration that the divorce is final
Why would I need my divorce decree?
There are numerous reasons to keep your divorce decree, but some of the most common include:
- Changing your last name
- After a divorce, many people decide to go back to their maiden name. In order to do so, you may have to show the court your divorce decree. This will provide proof of the reason you want to change your last name.
- Updating your documents
- Once you change your last name, you will need to update all of your legal documents, including your passport, your driver’s license, your credit cards, etc. In order to do so, you may also need to show your divorce decree.
- Refinancing your home
- If you are able to keep your marital home in the divorce, you may need to refinance it. In order to refinance your home and remove your spouse’s name from the mortgage, you will likely have to provide your divorce decree.
- Entering into a new marriage
- In New Jersey, you can only be married to one person at a time. If you wish to remarry, you will need your divorce decree in order to apply for your new marriage license. This will prove that you are officially divorced and can legally enter into a new marriage.
If you have any questions about your divorce decree, reach out today. Our firm is here to walk you through all of your divorce and family law matters. Contact us to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated attorney.
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