How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce?

It depends. Every divorce is different. The length of the divorce process depends on the issues involved. Divorces that include marital property, custody, and child support take longer than cases without these issues. The court’s dockets are not consistent. Like any business, they can become busy; and it can slow down the process. A case reaches its quickest conclusion if the parties reach an agreement on all issues, either on their own or with the help of a mediator. If you cannot agree upon a settlement and must litigate the case, it will take longer. Also, the longer the trial, the longer you will have to wait for a trial date. Courts can process many one-day trials.
It usually takes about 90 to 120 days from the time a Complaint for Divorce is filed and served upon your spouse for you to be able to obtain a decree dissolving your marriage, if it is uncontested. If you and your spouse cannot resolve the issues involved in your divorce, the process will take longer. Sometimes spouses cannot be located. If so, making personal service of the summons and petition may prolong the period. In some instances you may have to wait as much as six weeks for the summons to be published in a newspaper. You and your spouse will have until the final hearing date to arrive at a settlement, and if you have not been able to work out a settlement by that date, then a judge will make the decisions for you.

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