Is it possible to change the separation date on a divorce decree if both parties agree to it?

If so, how long would it take?

Asked on September 13, 2012 under Family Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If it's a decree or court order, you cannot change the date without a court order--court orders may only be changed by court orders. If all parties agree, the court should consent, but you have to contact the court and submit a proposed new decree, with the new date, explaining it is by mutual consent, and copied to your spouse.

If it was a settlement or agreement entered into between you and your spouse without a court order, then you may change it by mutual consent.


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