If you want a divorce, you will likely have a lot of questions about it. One such question many spouses have when preparing for divorce is approximately how long they should expect it to take. The exact answer is hard to determine, as many factors will affect the length of time a divorce takes, and here are several factors that will affect your case.
Contested vs. uncontested
One of the biggest factors that can affect the length of time of a divorce is whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is one where the couple agrees on everything and does not have any major arguments or problems coming up with a resolution. A divorce like this will always go much faster than a contested divorce, which is a divorce where the couple is unable to reach agreements on the issues they must decide.
Cooling off period
A second factor, which is completely out of your control, involves the rules in your state for the cooling-off period. A cooling-off period is a state law that requires that couples wait a certain amount of time after splitting up and filing the divorce paperwork before they can actually get the divorce to go through. This period can last anywhere from just a few days to numerous months, depending on the laws in the state. This period of time is designed to give a couple the chance to change their mind about the divorce.
The complexity of the case
The other factor that greatly affects the time it takes for a divorce is the complexity of the situation. If a couple has no assets, debts, or issues to decide, this would be considered a very simple type of divorce. On the other hand, if a couple has a lot of assets and debts, and if the couple has kids together and own a family business, this could be considered a very complex situation. It will always take a lot longer to settle a complex situation, simply because there will be a lot more issues that the couple must agree upon when compared to a simple situation where a couple has no decisions to make.
These are some of the factors that can affect the amount of time your case takes. If you want to speed up your divorce, contact a family law firm to learn what you can do to make this happen.
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