The answer to this question is a typical lawyer answer – it depends and may be impossible to say for sure. Consider these factors that may impact the length of the divorce process:
- Conflict: If an agreement has already been reached, it may be as simple as hiring an attorney to draft and submit the formal agreement with the court. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on basic terms, it may be necessary to involve attorneys and the court to help sort things out.
- Complexity: If your situation involves minimal property (think: a checking account, 2 cars and a dog), formal information gathering may be limited. If your situation involves extensive property (think: investments, retirement, a business, real estate), more time and outside professionals may be needed to fully understand all assets and income.
- Court Schedule: In many ways we are at the mercy of the court. You and your attorney can control some parts of the process, but it is important to keep in mind the court controls its calendar. Judges have limited time to handle the thousands of cases on file.
There are a few things you can do to help keep things moving. Consider the following:
- Conflict: Minimize it.
- Complexity: Some of this may be out of your control, but do your best to gather all the requested documents and stay organized.
- Court Schedule: Although the court schedule is out of your control, do your best to respond to your attorney as quickly as possible.
Be aware every situation is unique. If you have questions about your individual situation, please contact an attorney. This post should not be considered legal advice.