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How long will my divorce take from start to finish?

Getting a divorce is a stressful situation. For many people, they want the process to begin and end as quickly as possible. However, there are many factors that will determine the time factor of the divorce. Knowing these factors will better prepare you for how long your divorce will take.

Waiting Periods
One of the main factors that determine how long a divorce will take is the waiting period. Different states have different waiting periods. For some states, individuals will have to be separated before they can be granted a full divorce. Some states do not even allow people to file for divorce until they have been separated for a certain amount of time. Most states only require a separation period of 60 to 90 days before a divorce can be filed; however, other states require individuals to be separated for 12 months before a divorce is granted. These waiting periods give couples the opportunity to seek counseling, and they also give the children time to understand that the parents will no longer live together.

Conflict
Some divorces are smooth, and others can be quite convoluted. If your divorce is smooth, then you can probably expect your divorce to happen quickly. However, if you and your spouse are having many disagreements about the divorce, you should expect it to drag out for a considerable amount of time. Some issues that couples often disagree on are the kids, property, and alimony payments. In some of the most extreme cases, these issues can go to trial, and a jury and judge will be the decision makers.

Complexity
Some divorces are very complex, and these divorces will take a longer time to resolve. For example, if you are someone with parenting issues, it can take a while to sort out the child custody issues. If you and your spouse own a business, then this can also take time to figure out who will take ownership of the business.

Speeding up the Process
Even though the divorce process may take a considerable amount of time, there are a few ways to speed up the process. Depending on the state in which you live, you may be able to waive the waiting period. If this is an option, you should consider it if you need the divorce to happen quickly. A second way to speed up the process is to act early. This includes making sure that you have all documents in order, and you have to make sure that these documents are easily retrievable. Finally, you will need to make sure to cooperate with the process. Choosing to disagree with your spouse on everything will only make the process take longer. By working with your spouse, you can get the divorce process to speed up considerably.

Divorces take a different amount of times for different people. For most people, the entire process will be completed in 12 months or less. However, if the divorce is complicated, you should expect the divorce to take a much longer time.