What is a decree absolute?

A decree absolute is the final confirmation document in a divorce case which signifies that the divorce has been completed. It is the only document that proves someone has been divorced. A decree absolute is issued by the family court (which handle divorce cases) and follows mutual agreement to a decree nisi. 

Replacements of a decree absolute can be ordered by anyone that knows the details of the divorce. You will usually need to supply: 

  • Husband's Full Name (Including middle names)
  • Wife's Full Name (Including middle names)
  • Location of the court 
  • A 10-year period to search against

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