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Judgement of Divorce Part - 4

A judgement of divorce is a form or legal document signed by a judge during the


final hearing. This document states that a couple is divorced. It is written according
to the decree given in court or according to terms agreed upon by both parties.
Having a judgement of divorce written in court is a very important process in a
divorce case. It is written during the final judgement and it is among the first steps
to the end of a divorce. In most states a couple has to prove that there is no sign of
reconciliation and that both parties have agreed to the divorce. If there are no
problems with your paperwork, the judge will sign the judgement and it will be
given to the court clerk for signing.

There are three different ways to how a judgement of divorce can be entered in
court. The first way is through a default judgement. Once a petitioner files for a
divorce petition in court, and the respondent is served with it and he or she does
not file an answer, the court will enter a default judgement against the respondent.
Default judgements are one sided judgements. This means that a judgement of
divorce will be written favoring the petitioner. Everything the petitioner will ask for
will be granted by the court. In most cases the court will give the respondent a
period of time to present before the court a reason as to why he or she did not file
an answer. If after this period of time the respondent still does not file for an answer
the judgement will be written and presented before the court.

The second way is through a contested divorce. A contested divorce is a divorce


where both parties do not agree to the terms of the divorce. A trial or hearing is
held and the judge will listen to the arguments and evidence presented by both
parties and during the final judgement, the judge will issue a decree stating the
terms of the divorce. From the decree, a judgement of divorce will be written and
then presented before the judge for signing.
The third way is through an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is a
divorce where both parties agree to the terms of the divorce. Once both parties
agree to the terms of a divorce, one of the partys lawyers will write a judgement
of divorce according to the terms agreed on and will present it before a judge for
signing.
In all the three ways, the judgement is given to the clerk for filling into records and
after it is filed both parties are issued with a copy. One can file for an appeal but
most states give a limited period of time after which you cannot file for an appeal.
After receiving a copy both parties can then request for a certificate of divorce
which acts as prove that the divorce was finalized. Both parties can remarry after
being issued with a judgement of divorce copy.
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