Friday, September 28, 2007

FAQ regarding Divorce # 10: What exactly is a Divorce Decree?

We usually ask you to consider the Divorce Decree in terms of being a “Rule Book” for all of the various things that could or might happen after the Divorce is granted. The actual granting of the Divorce is nothing more than the Judge declaring that the marriage is dissolved for either “grounds” or on the “no fault” ground of insupportablility. Insupportability just means that there are so-called “irreconcilable differences” -- referred to in Texas as a “discord or conflict of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship,” provided further that “there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”

The rest of the Decree (as well as other pleadings referred to as Temporary Orders or Final Orders) provides guidelines and rules for dealing with any children (such as custody or “conservatorship,” the powers of conservatorship, visitation, child support, medical support, and health insurance coverage), property (such as assets and debts), and various other issues such as any change of name, taxes, and similar matters.