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How Long is my Divorce Likely to Take?

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Divorce on Friday, December 30, 2016.

The divorce process can seem complicated and uncertain after a couple has made the difficult decision to divorce. The length of a divorce can depend on a number of different factors, including the ability of the couple to work together to resolve divorce-related issues. The more the divorcing couple understands the divorce process, the more likely the process is to resolve more quickly, more amicably and at less cost to the couple. Knowing the different phases of the process can be helpful.

The divorce process begins when one of the spouses files a divorce petition which will be served upon the other spouse who will then provide a response that answers the divorce petition. The divorce petition will outline how the filing spouse would like divorce-related issues such as property division, alimony, child support and child custody to be resolved and also state the reason for the divorce. Following the answer to the divorce petition, the couple will have the opportunity to resolve divorce-related concerns by working together or through mediation and will exchange documents and information related to income and property.

A settlement agreement is then developed that includes the agreements reached between the couple related to property division, alimony, child support and child custody. Once the court has approved the settlement agreement, a divorce decree is issued. If the couple is unable to reach agreements, the judge can make determinations for the couple, as the divorce will proceed to court. The judge can then also grant the couple a divorce.

Overall, a divorce can range from months to years and how well the couple is able to work together and avoid protracted disputes can help determine how quickly the divorce will be resolved. By understanding the process, divorcing couples can work together more effectively toward a shared settlement agreement that saves them time, money and animosity.

Source: Family FindLaw, "A Divorce Timeline," Accessed Dec. 25, 2016

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