How Do I Know When My Divorce Is Final?


Due to the many steps in the divorce process, it can be easy to find yourself confused about when exactly your divorce is finalized and legal.

In order to legally remarry in Massachusetts, your divorce must first be finalized and recognized under Massachusetts state law.  This happens once the nisi period is over.  The nisi period is the time from when the court enters your divorce judgment to when the divorce becomes final by operation of law.  An uncontested divorce is not final until 90 days from the date the judgment is entered and a contested divorce is not final until 120 days from the date of the judgment.

Once your divorce is final you can then request a divorce decree which is the court’s formal order granting a termination of your marriage.  If your divorce goes to court and the judge issues a judgment, the judgment is confirmed when the decree is signed and dated by the judge.  In Massachusetts this will not automatically be given to you, you must request a copy.  After a divorce, it is always important to keep all important paperwork and information on file.  Things like your divorce decree, conditions of a settlement agreement, or any custody agreements.  After your divorce is finalized you will be able to legally change your name, apply for a mortgage, remarry and apply for social security.

A Divorce is a legal ending to a marriage, but it is not the end of your life.  Maclachlan & Allen, LLP, led by Divorce Attorney Aaron E. Allen and his over 14 years of experience, is your best resource to assist you in filing for divorce.  If you are facing a divorce or other issue regarding a marital breakup it is important that you have sound and intelligent legal guidance.  Contact Maclachlan & Allen LLP at (978) 745-9569 today!


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