How to Get a Wife to Sign Final Divorce Papers

By Teo Spengler

You do not require your wife's signature to finalize a divorce; the only signature you need on the final divorce document is the judge's. Compared to yesteryear, divorces are easy to come by in modern America, with all 50 states offering no-fault divorce that does not require spousal agreement or proof of bad conduct.

You do not require your wife's signature to finalize a divorce; the only signature you need on the final divorce document is the judge's. Compared to yesteryear, divorces are easy to come by in modern America, with all 50 states offering no-fault divorce that does not require spousal agreement or proof of bad conduct.

Divorce Procedure

It is always easier when both spouses wish to divorce, but life doesn't always work that way. Sometimes only one partner is ready to call it quits, but one is all it takes to get a divorce. One spouse files a divorce petition and serves it on the other -- and the divorce is in process. Whether the other spouse files a response or not, the case moves toward divorce. The divorce is entered when the judge signs the final judgment.

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Spousal Signature

You may move ahead faster with the divorce, however, if you can get your spouse's signature -- but on a marital settlement agreement, not the final divorce papers. Resolving your financial and child custody issues amicably puts your case in the fast-lane to a finalized divorce. An experienced mediator may help your spouse see the wisdom of settling issues amicably and help the two of you find middle ground. After your spouse signs the agreement, you will still need to have the judge sign your paperwork and finalize the divorce.

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Time Frame Between Divorce Agreement & Final Divorce

When you and your spouse sign a divorce agreement, the agreement itself becomes binding even though you aren't officially divorced. You aren't divorced until a hearing in front of a judge. The time between signing the agreement and the final divorce hearing varies among the states but usually takes less than two months.

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get a Divorce in DC?

If you want your divorce case to move quickly, you and your spouse should try to come to an agreement regarding all issues of your divorce, including the division of marital property and child custody arrangements. In Washington D.C., an uncontested divorce, in which the spouses are in agreement, generally takes two to three months from the date you file the divorce complaint to be finalized. In contrast, a contested divorce, in which the spouses cannot come to an agreement on their own but need the court’s assistance, can take 18 months or longer.

Types of Pleadings in a Divorce

Like any legal matter, divorces can generate reams of paperwork. It can be a bit overwhelming, especially when terminology and requirements vary from state to state. The good news is that most states follow similar guidelines for pleadings. The bad news is that individual states sometimes call the same pleadings by different names.

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