Uniform Divorce Recognition Act Law and Legal Definition

The Uniform Divorce Recognition Act (UDRA) is a law drafted by a committee and adopted by seven states that governs when a state recognizes a divorce from an out-of-state court. UDRA is in force in California, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wisconsin. UDRA specifically denies recognition to a divorce decree obtained in another jurisdiction when both spouses were domiciled in the home state. This is a 1947 model code adopted by some states regarding full-faith-and-credit issues that arise in divorces. The purpose of UDRA is to provide national standards in order to deny recognition for “quickie” divorces.