Divorce can take a toll on a person even in the best of circumstances. There are a lot of things to deal with, and one can only hope for the process to be over. When this time comes, the New Jersey court will issue a final divorce decree. Here’s what this document means to you.
A final divorce decree in New Jersey
A final divorce decree is a document that the court issues once your divorce is finalized. It must be signed and dated by the judge, rendering a seal of approval for it to hold. The divorcing couple and the court clerk must sign it as well.
What it entails
A divorce decree covers the main issues. They include:
- In New Jersey, a divorcing couple’s assets will be distributed equitably. This typically means that each spouse will receive what’s fair depending on the unique context of their marriage.
- Any debts incurred during the marriage must also be divided between the divorcing couple. This includes credit card debt, mortgages and car loans.
- Your divorce decree will cover child custody and support arrangements if you have children together. The court will determine what is in the best interest of the child when making these decisions.
- Alimony may also be ordered by the court in a divorce decree. This is usually only ordered if one spouse earns significantly more money than the other or when one spouse stayed at home to care for the children and home affairs while the other worked.
When the court issues a final divorce decree, you must adhere to the outlined terms and conditions.