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I read and signed. But now I found out the reason for the divorce was a lie. I need to find out how can I fight back.
Thank you for your follow-up, Caroline.The information I will likely provide you with may not be favorable, so I ask that you do not blame the proverbial messenger. Generally speaking a divorce decree once signed is fully binding. The divorce itself is also binding and final.If you learned information that was officially disclosed in the decree but you only read about it now, that is generally not a reason or ability to fight against the decree. The courts see that as your obligation to review prior to signing so any surprises or changes, provided those were not made after you signed and agreed to the decree, are not going to be modified or removed.You can potentially fight the decree if additional information specifically relevant to the decree or to the property distribution is found after signing AND it was intentionally withheld from you or otherwise misrepresented before you signed. For example if you find out that your ex hid a $50,000 account that was not part of the marital split or the decree, contesting the order is valid. If you found out that you divorced and claimed "irreconcilable differences" but after signing you find out that the other spouse committed adultery, it is not a good reason to modify the order. Please know that I do not enjoy giving unwelcome news but I have to provide you with the best information available. As I do not know what you found to be a lie I have attempted to provide you with best examples on either end so you can decide on your next step. Should you decide to contest please retain counsel--a divorce decree generally has only about a 15% chance of being modified or successfully challenged, so you do need professional assistance even at the best of times.Good luck.
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