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What happens after a judge grants you a BIFURCATION?

Los Angeles, CA |

I have a hearing to bifurcate the marriage, because I am remarrying. If everything goes well, and the judge grants it, what happens next? Am I divorced that very same day? Does he sign papers? If so, what papers does he sign? Do I bring them?
I understand it takes 6 months to divorce, but I filed for divorce over a year ago. Does it count or do I have to wait an additional 6 months?

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You should bring judgment papers with you and the judge can sign them while you wait and then yes, you will be divorced. Bring an original and at least 3 copies of the Judgment and Notice of Entry of Judgment. Just in case the judge declines to sign the papers while you wait, bring a self addressed return envelope (post pre paid) for yourself and for your spouse so that the signed judgment will be sent to you.



Thank you so much for your help. What are the numbers of the judgment papers I need to bring? I found three different ones online: The FL180, FL190 and FAM064.... are any of these the right ones? And do I leave them completely blank or fill them out?


The filing date is not the start of the 6 months. The 6 months starts on the date of service of process on the Respondent. You don't have to wait an additional 6 months. When the Judge signs the Judgment and the clerk enters the Judgment, your marital status will be a single person, available to marry your fiance'.

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If you have all of your paperwork in order and the judge grants your request it is possible it will be final that day, Good Luck!

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