Really the key documents in Public Divorce Records are the Divorce Decrees. By the time these records come into being, it is already a done deal for the couple involved, the romance would have been long time dead. What truly matters anymore is the bearing of it on the separating couple in terms of down-to-earth matters like asset division, alimony and children rights and responsibilities.
Divorce decrees are contained in the divorce records which are archived in vital record repositories. These are usually situated at the statistic or public record office of the state or county where the proceeding was conducted. Besides the basic information pertaining to the divorce such as filing number, names, date, place and grounds and type of divorce, it is to principally state the settlement ruling of the separation.
The primary issues that are to be addressed are asset division, alimony and, where there are children, matters of their custody, support and visitation. This applies to all divorces, contested or uncontested and fault or no-fault. However, like other court rulings, decrees can be contested or appealed. That said, the wise approach is to work out the settlement as amicably as possible between the divorcing parties. After all, there would have been enough differences and conflicts already by that stage of the relationship.
A common mistaken notion about divorce decrees is that since it sorts out the disposition of joint assets and children, it implicitly takes care of joint liability and exposure to contracts and agreements taken as a couple before the termination of the marriage. The fact is these decrees do not deem to overturn any joint contracts as long as they have been made in line with the law and free of fraud. People often get burned by outstanding financial obligations like loans, mortgages, installments and other forms of debt as a result of the delinquency of an ex-spouse, as if they have not suffered enough at their hands.