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How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce



The length of time you need to obtain a divorce varies based on state laws and the individual facts of your case. If you are considering a divorce or an annulment, you should consult with a local divorce attorney to determine what your rights are, what the applicable laws are, and how long the process will take from beginning to end.

Factors that Affect the Time Required to Obtain a Divorce:

  • Whether the divorce is contested
  • The amount of assets to divide
  • Child custody issues
  • Whether your state requires a legal separation or waiting period before divorce
  • Whether you had a covenant marriage
  • If there is a prenuptial agreement in place
  • The amount of time it takes courts in your jurisdiction to issue a final divorce decree

How to Get a Faster Divorce

Hiring a lawyer often expedites your divorce. Divorce attorneys are trained in the applicable laws and can help you file the required paperwork at the earliest possible opportunity. A knowledgeable local lawyer will be able to advise you whether there is a required separation or waiting period in your state. Most courts will not issue a final divorce decree until all division of property and all child custody issues have been resolved. Lawyers can often help you complete these processes with limited or no court appearances.

Choosing the Best Place to File for Divorce

You are not always limited to filing for divorce in your home state. Especially in uncontested or no-fault divorce, couples may choose to divorce in other states or other countries because getting a divorce is faster or because there are more favorable laws. Some jurisdictions have residency requirements in order to file for divorce, so you should consult a divorce attorney to determine your eligibility to file for divorce in a particular jurisdiction and the pros and cons of doing so. Although filing for divorce is not always easy, an experienced attorney can help you file and obtain a divorce as fast as possible in the best jurisdiction for your case.

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