Is it standard for there to be no signatures on the final decree of an uncontested divorce?

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Is it standard for there to be no signatures on the final decree of an uncontested divorce?

Asked on January 18, 2016 under Family Law, Texas

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B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It's not clear from your question what the purpose of the decree that you are needing... so, I will answer two different ways...
If you are needing a copy of a decree so that you can use it for something (name change, give to employer or school....), then the main signature that you need is the judge's.  If your copy has a judge's signature page, then you're good.  The absence or inclusion of the pages with the parties' signatures will not affect the validity of the decree. 
If you are looking to enter a decree, then you may or may not need signatures on a decree.  If a divorce is uncontested, then there are two ways for the judge to know that a decree has been approved by both parties.  One way is for both parties to sign off the decree.  The second way is for both parties to show up and tell the court.  Some parties chose to do both... but either way is acceptable. 
 


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