Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage

In our state the Judgement for the Dissolution of Marriage is the official signed off and contract of mine and Mr. Ex's divorce, or Dissolution of Marriage.  

Our Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage references our Marital Settlement Agreement, also calling it a Property Settlement Agreement, and our Joint Parenting Agreement.

What is a Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage?

The agreed upon, and Judge ordered, details of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that the Judge enters (signs off on).  The Judgement must be filed with the courts by either your attorney or you (if you are Pro Se).    

Not all states call their divorce forms by the same names.  

In the state where my divorce took place, this form was the final judgement settling all the financial affairs of our divorce:  division of any property, assets, debt (via our Marital Settlement Agreement) , as well as our parenting arrangements (via our Joint Parenting Agreement).

​Whatever your state calls this document, make sure that you've thoroughly thought through these details because they are FINAL.

​Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage Mistakes

I can't say that I made any mistakes in the Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage.  There wasn't anything in there that really effected our lives moving forwards.

I will say though, I have a friend whose spouse accused her of adultery, and made those part of the grounds for divorce in his petition.  While she said that it wasn't true, she did not fight that point in the petition because she was eager to get out and scattered beyond belief. But now that is etched in stone in her Judgement.  I'd consider that a mistake.

Divorce Checklist Lessons:

  1. Do not sign any agreements until you've thought through the long term repercussions of them.
  2. Talk with friends and co-workers on what they wish they would have known prior to their divorces regarding finances and children.  While situations vary, there may be things that neither you or your attorney have thought about.  
Judgement for the Dissolution of Marriage

JUDGMENT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

This Cause having come up for hearing on verified Petition of XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX, The Petitioner herein, the Respondent, XXXXXXXXXXX, having filed her appearance and verified Answer, the Petitioner appearing in the Open Court and through his attorney, XXXXXXXXXXX appearing for and on behalf of  XXXXXX and XXXXXXXXXXX Respondent herein appearing through Counsel, XXXXXXXXXXX   and the Court having heard the evidence in Open Court and being fully advised:

DOES FIND:

1. That at the commencement of the within action the parties resided in the state of XXXXXXXXXXX and have maintained said resident for at least ninety (90) days preceding the entry of the within Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.

2. That the parties hereto were lawfully joined in marriage on the 3rd day of February, 2005 and that they lived and cohabited together as Husband and Wife.

3. That one (1) child was born to the parties during their marriage, namely XXXXXXXXXXX born December 20, 2005, age 3; no children were adopted by the parties; and the Respondent is not now pregnant.

4. That irreconcilable differences have arisen between the parties and have caused an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and they have not been living as Husband and Wife since January 1, 2006, a period in excess of two (2) years. 

5. That all efforts at reconciliation have failed and future attempts at reconciliation would be impractical and not in the best interests of the family.

6. That the Petitioner and Respondent have entered into a writer Marital Settlement Agreement between themselves settling all questions of maintenance, support, and property rights, and a Joint Parenting Agreement entered by the Court on October 10, 2007, settling all questions of custody and visitations; and that said Agreements have been received in evidence as Petitioner's Exhibits No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, and that by leave of Court are made a part of the Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage, and have been attached hereto and hereby incorporated into this Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage by reference thereto and are set forth in words and figures as follows:

WHEREFORE, upon petition of XXXXXXXXXXX Attorney for the Petitioner and by agreement of the parties, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED:

A. That the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is granted and the parties are awarded Dissolution of Marriage;

B. That the written Property Settlement Agreement entered into and executed by the Petitioner and Respondent, settling all questions of maintenance, support, and all property rights, heretofore received in evidence as Petitioner's Exhibit No. 1 and the Joint Parenting Agreement entered into and executed by the Petitioner and Respondent, settling all questions of custody and visitation heretofore received into evidence as Petitioner's Exhibit and No. 2, and the originals of which are attached hereto and merged and incorporated herein as if set forth verbatim and all of its terms and provisions are hereby expressly affirmed, approved and adopted as the order and judgment of this Court to the same extent and with the same force and effect as if said provision were set forth verbatim in this Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.

C. That the Wife shall have the right to resume use of her maiden name XXXXXXXXXXX should she so desire.

D. That this Court shall retain jurisdiction of this cause until the terms of the Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage have been fully complied with in all respects. 

​Other Resources:

What you need to learn about filing for a dissolution of marriage

Sample Petition for Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage.