Q: 2 different versions of a Joint Parenting Agreement. One has the courts stamp on it with the date and case number,
and the other does not. How do I know which one is on file and approved by the court. Divorce was 5 years ago but now I'm looking at one version and my ex is looking at the other version. There are big differences between them.
A: If one copy is stamped "Filed" by the appropriate Circuit Court Clerk, it's a pretty safe bet it's the one that is in force (unless there has been a modified one filed later). The unstamped copy is probably a rough draft copy exchanged between the attorneys when they were trying to hammer things out. If you're in doubt, go to the courthouse and ask for a certified copy of the document. It will typically cost less than $20.00, and should eliminate any doubts.
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