The length of time to get a divorce depends upon the state in which you are getting divorced. Some states have residency requirements that must be met before filing, some have a waiting period after agreements have been made, and then there is the negotiation process itself. Depending on when, where, and how you divorce, the process could be a matter of weeks, to a matter of months.

The time it takes for getting a divorce is affected by:

  • Where you live. If your state has a waiting or “cooling off" period. If your state has a required period of separation If you've satisfied the residency requirements
  • Whether you're filing a fault-based or an uncontested divorce.
  • If you're able to find your spouse for service of divorce papers
  • If your divorce is an uncontested divorce—where all major issues are resolved
  • If your divorce is contested—where you and your spouse cannot resolve major issues, making a trial likely
  • Whether you have expensive assets and businesses that need to be evaluated for their net worth
  • Whether you have serious conflicts about custody, possibly requiring a forensic psychologist to evaluate the family
  • Whether you trust that there are no hidden assets
  • If your local family court has a backlog of cases

So, How Can You Speed Up Your Divorce?

There are several ways to speed up a divorce. The best way is to reach agreement with your spouse on:

  • Division of property and debt
  • Custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Health and life insurance
  • Any other issues that need to be resolved

Make sure you meet your state's residency requirements. Also make sure your divorce papers are correct and complete, so you don't have to redo them.

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