final decree

final decree

n. another name for a final judgment. In states where there are interlocutory decrees of divorce (in the hope that a further wait may lead to reconciliation), followed several months later by the actual divorce, the second order is called a final decree, issued after the filing of a declaration that the couple is still asunder (can't get back together.)

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Not a limb was moved, nor was a breath drawn louder and longer than common, until the closing syllable of this final decree had passed the lips of Tamenund.
75 - Section 8, accompanied under penalty of exclusion from the commitment to release the bank guarantee referred to in Article 113 of the final decree, if the tenderer proves custody, and the obligation to pay the penalty provided in paragraph 2-bis of ~Art.
7) These issues would come to mold the final decree four years later.
In this era of judicial branch budget cuts and staff reductions, the average litigated divorce takes approximately two years, from the date of the first filing to the final decree.
21, 2012, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California entered a final decree that marked the conclusion of Contessa's two-year bankruptcy process that resulted in the sale of its operating businesses and the payment of Contessa's creditors in full.
Former Hear'Say star Kym's final decree absolute is expected in six weeks.
2001: The final decree ending the marriage of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise comes through hours after they attend the premiere of their latest movie, The Others.
He said that the agreement will then be submitted to the court for a final decree.
On May 21, the bishop read the final decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to the Heiz-ers at the diocesan court in Innsbruck in the presence of two judges of the diocese, according to a statement from the Heizers.
Practitioners who assist lawyers with the financial and tax aspects of divorce proceedings should develop a checklist to alert the lawyer and client to certain pitfalls that can cause uncertainty either before the final decree of divorce or long after the spouses have gone their separate ways.
What I mean by that is that I start by drafting the final decree in which I lay out the final outcome that my client desires and create the framework to guide my entire case.
1 million in cash to his wife, the final decree was entered a mere seven weeks later.