When you get divorced, you may want to move on and get rid of all memories of your previous marriage. However, it is important to keep a copy of your divorce decree. This legal document can be useful in a number of situations. Read on to learn more.
Why should I keep a copy of my divorce decree?
There are three main reasons you should keep a copy of your divorce decree:
- Changing your last name: Many people take their partner’s last name after a divorce. If you wish to go back to your original last name after a divorce, you will have to go through the court. The process will involve questions about your reason for changing your last name. For example, some people attempt to change their names to avoid trouble with the law or commit fraud. However, showing your divorce decree can serve as useful evidence for your name change. You will also need this document at the DMV to update your license. You will also need it to update your passport, and you may even need it to change your name on your credit cards.
- Refinancing your home: Many individuals who keep their marital home after a divorce will refinance the home and work to remove their former spouse’s name and obligation from the mortgage. In order to do this, you will need to provide your divorce decree to show that you are truly divorced and can legally remove your ex-spouse’s name from the mortgage.
- Remarriage: Many people remarry after a divorce. However, in order to apply for your marriage license, you will need your divorce decree. This is because it is illegal to be married to more than one person at a time. As a result, you will need to prove that your first marriage has officially and legally ended in order to enter your second marriage.
Generally, you should hang on to all major legal documents, and a divorce decree is no different. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the above matters, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced divorce attorney. We are here to advocate for you every step of the way.
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