Is a settlement agreement the same as a divorce decree?
In short, the difference between a marital settlement agreement vs. a divorce decree is that a settlement agreement is the set of circumstances that will apply to a divorced couple's lives after their divorce, whereas the divorce decree is the actual court order that legally ends the marriage.
Can a default divorce Judgement be reversed?
In California, it is even possible to get a default divorce if a petitioner does not personally serve the defendant a copy of the complaint. You can't take back or rescind the divorce once the courts have finalized it, even if the defendant never received the petition and did not know a spouse filed for divorce.
How do I know if my divorce is final?
The judgment should say that it became final on a given date. If that isn't on the judgment, go to the courthouse and ask the Clerk to tell you if your divorce is final and what date it became final.
What happens if you don’t follow your divorce decree?
If your spouse fails to abide by the divorce decree after your divorce is final, you could wind up without your rightful properties, child support funds, or alimony payments. Not only is this inconvenient and frustrating, but it could lead to serious financial hardship or issues with your children.