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Best Way To Divorce USA Step 6

Best Way To Divorce USA Step 6

When am I divorced?


The minimum waiting period of six months and a day is the earliest, but even when you get the Judgement signed by a judge, it still needs to be filed by the Clerk and there will be a specific termination date, after which time you will be legally divorced.

If you have kept the divorce uncontested, then the average cost is likely to be within $3,600 to $6,000.  

In a Mediated Divorce, any issues are usually resolved within 3 months and costs vary between about $3000-$5,000.


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Best Way To Divorce: Step 2 – Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage


Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage & Notice of Entry of Judgment:

You will receive your filed Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage back from the court with a judge’s signature on it. 

In addition, you will also receive a separately filed Notice of Entry of Judgment.

The clerk of the court will enter the judgement into the court record and date stamp the documents. 

The Order (Judgement) will state the termination date of the marriage which will often be a future date.  

Once you receive these documents back, you will know that your divorce is final after the termination date stated in the Judgement. 

If you choose to hire a private judge, your judge will be able to review and sign off on your judgment must faster than a public judge (a public judge can take weeks/months to sign off your judgement).


What happens now?

Now you can legally get married again. But there may be some loose ends.

Here is a checklist that you might find useful:

  • Have you told your children’s schools? Sometimes kids reveal the effects of the divorce at school more than at home, and the completion of the divorce process that their school will appreciate knowing has taken place.

  • You can now ammend your Will (which hopefully you have already changed in the interim prior to be legally divorced).

  • Have you applied for a new passport, bearing your new details? 

  • Have you dealt with any joint back accounts or financial administrative matters, including telling the mortage lender if you haven’t already done so?

  • Have you applied for a new driver’s licence, bearing your new details? 

  • Have you updated the details on any relevant insurance policies, or tax documents? 

  • Have you updated the relevant details on telephone and utilities bills? 

Now it’s time to heal and move on – see the bonus videos below….

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Legal and Dispute Resolution Support

The lawyers on my Directory are all trained in some form of dispute resolution (ie. they want to help you to stay out of court). That includes mediators, collaborative divorce practitioners and arbitrators.

And don’t forget about changing your Will!

  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Arbitration


Financial Experts

Whether you need an accountant, or a highly qualified financial planner – you can access those experts here……..

  • Financial Planning
  • Mortgages
  • Tax Accountants


Counselling and Coaching and Parenting

Need emotional support? Or a bit lost about what’s going to happen next? Worried about the kids?

Have a no-obligation chat (or some even offer whole discovery sessions) with our experts here……

  • Coaching
  • Parenting
  • Counselling


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  • Coaching
  • Parenting
  • Counselling


Bonus Videos

Theta Healing and Moving On

Emotional Freedom Technique

What Does A Divorce Strategist Do, Exactly?

Through my own experience of family break up, of not having any legal protection (no living together agreement), and watching my married friends get divorced and the misery and cost and conflict that came about, I felt a need to share what I have learned.

I created live events to help families to be more resilient; a Directory of Experts focused on non-adversarial ways to divorce (mediation, collaborative law – all keeping people out of court); and a way to create a Living Together Life Plan and Agreement so those who don’t marry will not end up in the situation I found myself in.

And as the Alternative Divorce Guide and the UK’s (possibly only) Divorce Strategist, I am always happy to guide people towards the right person to talk to at the right time, and offer them a wealth of resources through my online CoParenting in a Box.

Because I am an ‘independent voice’ and professional speaker and campaigner for better ways to divorce, I’m often asked for my opininions on divorce-related issues by journalists.

“Suzy was able to offer really important and comforting advice on the whole process and offer positive alternatives to help guide me through this stressful time. Her contact list is extensive and she was able to put me in touch with a many great people who were also able to offer guidance and make the process much less painless. I’m really glad I met her and feel like my journey through this difficult period has been much more positive because of it”  


“Wow you are an amazing resource Suzy!!

I liked the way things are set out. I like the information, it makes sense. And it is supportive

Thank you so muc


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The information and videos on this guide applies to England and Wales only. The law may be different if you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. We have simplified things in this guide. Please don’t rely on this guide as a complete statement of the law. We recommend you try and get advice from the sources we have suggested.