What Is the Final Paper in Divorce?

By Faith Davies

The U.S. National Medical Library reports that more than half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, or the legal end of a marriage contract. The divorce process involves many types of papers and contracts, including the final paper or judgment.

Identification

As its name suggests, the final paper or final judgment of dissolution is the last document produced during a divorce. Once it receives a judge's signature, the divorce is final.

Function

The final paper outlines the terms of the divorce, including arrangements concerning child custody or visitation rights, child support, alimony, and division of property.

Origin

One of the attorneys representing the husband or wife typically draws up the final judgment of dissolution. If the divorce is amicable, one lawyer may handle both sides and create the final paper.

Features

The terms written in the final paper are the product of collaboration and negotiations between the couple and their lawyers. The couple signs the judgment, stating that each agrees with the terms.

Effects

Once the judgment of dissolution is signed, it is a legally binding document or court order. Breaking the terms of the contract could result in arrest, fines or jail time.

About the Author

Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.

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