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Idiot's Guides: Surviving Divorce, Fourth Edition by Terry Hillman, Pamela Weintraub

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CHAPTER15

Closing the Book on Your Case

In This Chapter

  • When the divorce decree goes into effect
  • When you can collect pension, Social Security, and other benefits
  • How remarriage can affect the divorce decree
  • When a spouse does not comply with the decree
  • When it’s really over

It’s finally over, or at least you think it is. You’ve been to court and had a trial, or you’ve signed a settlement agreement. You’re done, right?

Probably not. Depending on where you live, your lawyer (or your spouse’s lawyer) most likely must draft a document known as the judgment of divorce or decree of dissolution. If your case has been decided by a judge after trial, ...

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