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Interlocutory Judgment


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Definition: The initial judgment of divorce. When courts grant divorces, their judgments are not final until the expiration of a statutory waiting period known as the interlocutory or nisi period. It begins when the interlocutory judgment enters and ends upon the "final judgment of divorce," or "final decree." State law varies greatly in this regard, so check with your attorney. Despite your judgment of divorce nisi or interlocutory decree, you are still legally married and cannot remarry until the judgment becomes final. Also, during the interlocutory or nisi period, your spouse has the right to inherit from you unless a legal separation agreement waiving such rights was executed.
Also Known As: Interlocutory Decree; Judgment Nisi

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