Riverside, NJ asked in Divorce for Pennsylvania

Q: How long to physically receive the divorce decree after all paperwork has been filed in PA?

I filed for a 3301c divorce through Philadelphia courts. I submitted all the paperwork, waited all necessary waiting periods, and paid all fees. The Final Praecipe to Transmit Record was filed and I gave two self addressed stamped envelopes (one for me and one for my ex) to receive the completed decree. It has been over a month and I haven't received it. How long after submitting should I expect to receive the final, stamped/signed decree?

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Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: No way to know. They handle paperwork as it comes in. Judges have to sign decrees and who knows how high the pile on the desk of the judge who got the proposed decree may be. Plus it's the holidays and so court filings are usually much higher in number while the court house personnel are out for the holidays and to use their "use or lose days."

If you e-filed the paperwork you may be able to see when the decree was signed online. Otherwise you'll have to wait for communication from the court in the form of a final decree.

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