Amount of Time Before a Divorce Is Granted

by Teo Spengler
Minor children can make a divorce process longer.

Minor children can make a divorce process longer.

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Divorces are not created equal. To estimate the amount of time you'll spend in the dissolution stream, you need to consider many factors, including the jurisdiction in which you will file for divorce. State laws vary as to the substance and procedure for a divorce. You can speed or impede a rapid resolution, depending on the way that you and your spouse handle the suit.

State Laws

The time a divorce takes depends on the law of the jurisdiction. For example, while all states offer no-fault divorce, removing the time-consuming task of establishing blame, some require lengthy separation periods before a couple qualifies for no-fault. Wait periods between the beginning and end of a divorce vary among the states as well. For example, California mandates a six-month minimum wait, while couples in some states have to count off two years.

Amicable Settlements or Adjudication

When a couple resolves divorce issues amicably, a divorce always proceeds faster than if they go to trial. Court dockets are crowded, and obtaining and preparing for a trial date can add months to the process. Even resolving a few issues can speed up the divorce process. In some states, simpler, quicker dissolution procedures are available to couples who have been married a short time and have no children.