Why include a legal description of my house or land in divorce?

It is vital to include the complete legal description of your house or land in your divorce decree. The legal description is the language used to legally identify real property.

You may locate the legal description on the most recent deed for the property, which you may get at the county clerk’s office in the county where the property is located.

It is very important that the legal description be written in your Final Decree of Divorce exactly as it is written on the most recent deed for the property.

The address of the property is NOT the same as the legal description.

Note that the shortened legal description on your property tax records is NOT the complete legal description and may be incorrect, which could cause problems later if used in your decree.