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Finalizing a divorce

Explains the divorce nisi period and when a divorce is finalized

Divorce nisi

This is a 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. There is nothing you need to do during this time, and your divorce will become final automatically.

Final divorce

You cannot remarry until the nisi period is complete.  The nisi period is the time between when the court enters your divorce judgment and the divorce becomes final by operation of the law.  

A “1A” divorce is not final until 120 days from the date of the judgment.  

A “1B” divorce is not final until 90 days from the date of the hearing if a judgment is entered.

Getting your divorce decree

Once the divorce is final and absolute, you do not 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 Probate and Family Court Record for information on fees and the required form. 


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