The Final Final Decree
It is imperative that your final decree is worded in a way that protects your legal interest! And will hold up if, for some reason you need to modify or appeal the document at a later date.
How to Get Your Divorce Decree
A final decree of divorce is archived in the vital records office of your courthouse, in the county in which you obtain your divorce. In most situations, the court clerk or your attorney will mail you a copy of your final decree. If this doesn’t happen or you need an extra copy you should write to or go to the court clerk’s office and request a copy.
When You Receive Your Divorce Decree
Read the documents closely to make sure no mistakes were made, no language was changed and you are satisfied with the wording. If you find the language confusing, contact your attorney for an explanation. Read the decree before it is sent to the courts for signing by the judge AND, read it again after it is signed and entered into the court records.
If You Find a Mistakes on Your Final Divorce Decree
Once you've signed your decree, changing it can be tricky. The only way to change it may be via the appeals process. If, however, you feel that you signed the decree under duress or felt threatened if you didn't sign, your attorney may be able to contact the courts for a new hearing based on your duress.