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Finalizing a divorce

Find out what the divorce nisi period is and when a divorce is finalized.

Divorce nisi

The divorce nisi is the time between when a judge grants your divorce and when the divorce becomes final. It gives both people a chance to change their minds and make sure that the other person didn’t lie about their property before the divorce is final. You don’t need to do anything during this time, and your divorce will become final automatically.

Final divorce

You can’t remarry until the nisi period is complete.   

  • A “1A” divorce isn’t final until 120 days from the date of the judgment.  
  • A “1B” divorce isn’t final until 90 days from the date of the hearing if a judgment is entered.

Getting your divorce decree

Once the divorce is final, you won’t receive a divorce decree from the court. You can request a certified copy of your divorce decree from the court that granted your divorce. See Get a copy of your divorce or other Probate and Family Court record for information on fees and the required form.