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A common question when filing for divorce is how long the process will take? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Divorces are unique to each couple, and the circumstances surrounding each divorce contribute to the overall length of time for a resolution. A quick divorce that is both amicable and uncontested may conclude in only a few months. However, many more divorces extend beyond the two-month mark, with some failing to resolve for years. To understand the timeline you may be facing, you need to consider at least four factors.
Often a divorce timeline depends on the state you live in. Some states adhere to regulations that help move the proceedings along. Unfortunately, other states require legal separations and possible counseling before a divorce is granted. Therefore, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the divorce expectations and requirements of your state.
2. Type of Divorce
Is your divorce contested or not? Is it amicable? Will you attempt to resolve it on your own, or will you require a mediator? The format and requirements of your divorce determine the length of time. For example, while some DIY methods may seem faster, they can take longer because of misunderstandings. Mediations and arbitrations often move the process along quickly, but not everyone will walk away happy. Honestly, you need to determine what you want out of the dissolution of your marriage to understand the best path forward.
3. Marital Assets
A couple with significant marital assets is likely in for a lengthy divorce process because an agreement must be made about each asset. While some states may speed up the decisions by determining a 50/50 split, each asset still requires valuation; also, if there are existing agreements and contracts, the court may need to intervene.
4. Child Custody
Determining custody agreements is often a contentious part of the divorce process, and it can take some time to resolve. If the parents are unable to come to terms on their own, then the court may mandate the assessment from a child psychologist and other experts to determine the ideal scenario
While no one wants to spend a significant amount of time going through a divorce, it is difficult to provide a specific timeline for the process. Some states do not require any additional steps other than the filing of the paperwork, which means a divorce can occur within two months. To discuss specifics related to your divorce, contact an attorney, like a divorce lawyer from Pioletti, Pioletti & Nichols.