Does a divorce decree mean you are divorced?

A Divorce Decree is also referred to as a Decree Absolute, Divorce Affidavit, Legal Decree, or Divorce Absolute. The terminology may differ, but they all serve the same purpose. The decree absolute is the final document that you receive when you are divorced – it finalises the divorce and legally separates yourself and your now-ex-spouse.

You will need the decree absolute if you need to prove your marital status, or if you get remarried.

The decree absolute granted in divorce is something you may need later down the line if you wish to remarry. You will need the original document rather than a mere photocopy. Therefore, if you have misplaced it, you will have to go through the process of obtaining a new copy.

The Decree Absolute is the final certificate that legally dissolves the marriage, so if you have been separated for a long time and have had no contact with your ex-spouse, then you may already be divorced, as a divorce can actually take place without your knowledge.

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