What happens after the final divorce hearing?
In an uncontested divorce (Joint Petition for Divorce or 1A), after the judge grants a divorce at the final hearing, the court will issue a Findings and Order along with a Judgment of Divorce Nisi after 30 days. The Judgment of Divorce Nisi is the judgment from the court granting your divorce. The Judgment however is not valid until 90 days after. Altogether, after the final hearing, you have to wait 120 days until your divorce becomes finalized. When the 120 days are up, you can pay $20 to the court and you can get a Certificate of Divorce.
In a contested divorce (Complaint for Divorce or 1B), after the judge hears all the evidence and testimony at trial, the court will issue a Findings and Order along with a Judgment a few months later. 90 days after the Judgment of Divorce, your divorce will be finalized and you can obtain a Certificate of Divorce.