How Long Does a Divorce Take?
Understanding the Typical Length of Divorce Proceedings
Divorce is different for everyone, but generally the shortest divorces are uncontested divorces, followed by amicable divorces. This is because these options avoid the courtroom, and court is what lengthens the divorce process. Out of court divorce options can be resolved in a matter of months, whereas contested divorce can take years to finalize in some cases.
Potential new clients call us on the phone, parties come up to us in the courthouse and our clients ask us all the time: “How long is a divorce going to take?” We’ve had parties divorced in a day. We’ve had cases where in three or four weeks we can have parties divorced. It can take six months or it can take years.
There’s something called time standards which means the court’s goal. In modification cases, time standards are eight months. That means, unless there’s a good reason why, this case is on an eight-month track. When it’s a new divorce, you are on a 14-month time standard, which means that in a year and two or three months, this case should be adjudicated.
There are times where it may take longer; as long as the judge can offer information as to why, it’s going to be all right. The key we want you to remember is it could take a day, it could take a week, it could take a month, it could take six months, or it could take years. Remember, when you and your spouse are going through this, pick your battles, try not to argue the little things and don’t let your lawyer put gas on an already burning fire.
Let’s all do what’s right: make it a we-vorce, not a divorce.
You got together, you married and you went down the aisle holding hands. I’m not saying you will go out the same way, but do what you can to make it right for the whole family. It makes it a lot easier on the kids and it doesn’t have to take long.