This is a very common concern. Many times one spouse is actually seeking to remarry and would like to know when to plan the wedding. More often, though, spouses are just looking toward the end of the emotional divorce process. The short answer to this question is six months and a day after the other party has been properly served. This timeline applies to marital status (when the parties shall be returned to the status of single persons). A judgment can actually be entered much sooner. I have known parties to be able to negotiate a judgment, do the proper disclosure, and sign off on all the paperwork in as little as two weeks. What this rule means is that a judgment can be entered by the courts and everything settled with the one remaining issue of marital status hanging out there until six months and a day have passed after the responding party was served. It is a statutory requirement that nobody except Congress can change. But rest assured, you can have a judgment entered quickly. Just don’t make any wedding plans until after the date stated on your judgment as to when the marital status ends.
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