To begin an action in Small Claims Court, a person, or someone acting on his or her behalf, must come to the Small Claims Court Clerk's office in the proper county and fill out a statement of claim. To find out where the clerk's office is located in your county, click on Locations.
A divorce decree is a court document that is a final judgment from divorce court. Only a court can issue a divorce decree. You receive it at the end of your case. If your case went to trial, your divorce decree will indicate the terms of the judge's decision and will act as a judgment that both parties must obey.
However, the divorce is not final until the written Decree of Divorce is signed by the judge. Usually, the judge tells one party to “prepare the decree.” Start at form 4 or 5 below to finalize your case this way.
When a couple gets divorced their pensions are usually included in the financial settlement along with property and other assets. Without a 'consent' or court order confirming the settlement, both parties can make a claim on their former partner's pension, regardless of how long they've been divorced.
So, in theory, you should get half the value of your husband's pension as part of your divorce but it will depend on the factors named above and how you decide to split your marital assets as to how much you receive and whether you receive a share of the pension or other assets equal to that value.
There are three ways to split a pension in a divorce settlement, the first and increasingly common way is through off-setting. This is where the whole pension is taken, typically by the husband, and the wife is given other assets – such as property or cash – of equal value.
Although the default rule is that anything either spouse earns during marriage becomes shared marital property, this rule doesn't apply to inheritances. Whether you received your inheritance before or during your marriage, it is yours to do with as you please. You have no legal obligation to share it with your husband.
Generally speaking all the assets are treated as joint assets and put into a pot for division. There is no rule that inherited assets/income are automatically excluded and can be kept by the person who inherited them. Instead it is necessary to consider the individual circumstances of the couple.