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If the Magistrate gives the order on another day, the legal terminology is “judgment is reserved”.

Court Order


If the divorce is unopposed the Magistrate will most probably give the order immediately after the Plaintiff has answered all the necessary questions.

If the divorce is opposed the Magistrate may give the order immediately after the Plaintiff and Defendant’s legal representatives have given their arguments. The order might also be given on another day.
The Court may grant any of the following orders:

  • Judgment for a party in respect of her claim (in so far as she has proved her claim)
  • Judgment for a party in respect of his defence (in so far as he has proved his defence)
  • If the evidence does not justify giving a judgment for either party (it is called “absolution from the instance”), the Court will not give judgment to either party.

The Court may award costs to a party, may decide not to award costs to a party or may apportion the costs of the proceedings between the parties.

Once the Court granted a decree of divorce, you and your spouse are divorced immediately – even though you will probably have to go back at a later date to collect the written court order that confirms this.

At this stage, the divorce proceedings are complete and you are officially divorced. Make sure to obey the Court order.

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