All divorces require a sixty-day waiting period from the date of filing before a Decree of Divorce can be entered.

In simple, uncontested cases the decree can usually be prepared during that sixty-day period. In cases where some issues are contested but the parties are ultimately able to reach agreement, the process may take several more months.

In cases where some matters must be decided at trial, the timeline is controlled by the court calendar, which can add several more months to the process.

No matter what route was taken to produce the Decree of Divorce, the marriage is terminated on the day the Decree is signed and the divorce is final thirty days later.

A divorced spouse must wait thirty days after the decree is signed to remarry (that is, until the divorce is final), unless waived by the judge for good cause.

Considering that trials address matters such as property or children, appeals filed after the trial (even during the thirty-day waiting period) do not affect the termination of the marriage or the right to remarry.

Please contact me to discuss the specifics of your case.

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I understand that divorce is both a legal and personal process.

My job is to manage the legal process to protect and extend my client's interests- allowing them the room to address the personal issues.


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