Trying to gauge how long a divorce will take can be a little like wondering when the next snowfall will come -- it depends on the interaction of several conditions, any one of which might cause a delay or bring the event on sooner. In Oklahoma, one factor is somewhat predictable, however: the state has certain waiting periods for divorce.
Divorce With Children
If you and your spouse have children, Oklahoma's waiting period is 90 days, beginning with the date you file your petition. You can avoid this, however, if you and your spouse attend counseling. If, after counseling, you can convince the court that your marriage cannot be saved, and if both you and your spouse agree, the judge can waive the waiting period. And the waiting period doesn't apply if you file on certain fault grounds, such as cruelty, but you have to prove your grounds, which could take some time. If you reach a settlement agreement while you're waiting and conclude counseling relatively quickly, the average Oklahoma divorce can take as little as three to four months.
Divorce Without Children
If you don't have children, the waiting period is 10 days. A lot has to go right for you to accomplish a divorce in this brief amount of time, however, so it's not considered the average.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces
Oklahoma's waiting periods typically only affect uncontested divorces, so it can be finalized soon after the waiting periods end. If you don't have an agreement regarding issues of custody, support and property, you must either continue negotiations or go to trial, which can make your divorce drag on much longer than the statutory waiting periods.