How long do you have to wait for a final divorce decree?

Asked about 4 years ago - Philadelphia, PA

My bf has filed for divorce in Philly under 3301 d, they have been separated since 2006. He filed in June, and she has already sent her papers back in. Do you have to wait 90 days?? What is the hold up? I thought you only had to wait the 20 days from when you originally filed to file the praecipe? thanks

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This was a pretty open and shut case. She signed her paperwork Aug 26. He had to confirm it was her signature and send the affidavit back. Which was done Sept 20. First I was told from that point it would take a couple of weeks, now I am being told that they can't file the praecipe for final decree until 20 days after that and then wait the 2 weeks. I keep getting different answers from the clerk, what is the actual proceedure?

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  1. Ronald Glenn Lieberman


    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . The answer can depend upon the backlog in the court system and whether all of the necessary paperwork has been completed.

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