When you get divorced, you have a number of pieces of paper that need to be sent in to the court. A divorce decree is all of that final paperwork put together that’s made into an order of the court. That final paperwork would include your parenting plan, as well as including your separation agreement. It would include any other orders of the court, and that package all put together is your divorce decree.
Now when you have your divorce decree, you can enforce it. So it becomes, as I said, an order of the court, meaning that if somebody doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do based on that paperwork, you can go to the court with a contempt motion or an order to enforce and it actually is a court order. When you’re at the end of the divorce, you have a divorce decree. You have your legal rights essentially handled.