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Does divorce take more than a year to finish?

Posted by Joanne P. Monagan, Esq. | Apr 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you're getting divorced, you may think back to your wedding day. You entered that day as a single person. Yes, you were engaged, but that's still “single” in the eyes of the law. You exited the day as a married person. Changing your status from one to the other, however, took just a few hours. 

How long, then, will it take to get divorced? You know it's going to take far longer than getting married, but what are you looking at? Could it be more than a year? Maybe. The answer to your question can depend on several different factors.

Is your divorce contested or not?

First and foremost, the average runs between 4 months and 11 months, so divorce generally does not take more than a year from the date that you file. The process can certainly take longer if you and your spouse have been working through it for months before even filing. 

The biggest question to ask, though, is whether or not this is a contested divorce that is going to wind up in court. These cases tend to be far longer than amicable divorces where the couple works together and does not need a judge to make a ruling. The court process simply comes with a lot of waiting time and potential delays, so it can stretch things out to more than 12 months. 

How can you make your divorce move along faster?

Every divorce is unique. How fast things go is largely up to you. If you're willing to compromise and work with your ex, it can be relatively fast. If you and your ex cannot come to any major agreements and the court has to do it, that takes time. Both ways can work as long as you know what steps to take to protect your interests.

About the Author

Joanne P. Monagan, Esq.

Managing Attorney


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