updated 12/18/2009 AT 12:10 PM ET
•originally published 12/18/2009 AT 12:05 PM ET
It’s over: Having filed the papers in June, Jon and Kate Gosselin have received the judge’s signature to make official the finish of their 10-year marriage.
The divorce was announced midday Friday. Earlier that morning, a source close to the situation told PEOPLE that “the divorce papers are sitting on a desk, waiting to be signed.”
“I am very relieved that our divorce has been finalized, and I look forward to the New Year, focusing on the children,” Kate said in a statement. “On behalf of myself and my legal team, I want to express my deep appreciation to the Judge and his staff, as well as to the arbitrator, for resolving this case.”
She added: “This has been a challenging transition for all of us, but I am confident that we will move ahead with the important task of restructuring our lives.”