Duration of Divorce: All Depends on Cooperation
You can get married in a minute, but ending the marriage will take a little longer. How long will your process last? – The best way to answer this question is to ask how much cooperation can you expect from your ex-spouse? A high level of cooperation and trust will allow you to consider filing a dissolution. If there is very little trust and cooperation you can expect a longer process.
A typical divorce can last anywhere from several months to more than a year. A great deal of work can be done prior to filing, but the formal exchange of information called discovery takes as much time as needed for both sides to narrow the issues.
Most issues will be resolved in informal negotiations between your attorney and your ex-spouse’s attorney. Most of your attorney’s time is spent determining if an agreement can be reached regarding the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, identification, valuation and division of all assets, allocation of debts and agreeing on spousal support. The more complicated and prolonged the negotiations, the longer the divorce process will take. If these matters cannot be agreed upon, your attorney will prepare for litigation. The participation of outside parties such as experts, guardian ad litems and psychologists can also delay your case.
Having a good relationship with your attorney is vital. You need to be kept abreast of the status of your case and the status of negotiations. You also need to find a way to work through the frustration endemic in every case. Arm yourself against falsely high expectations by knowing the divorce process and knowing what your attorney is doing on your behalf. Most divorce cases ultimately result in the parties reaching an agreement, but every case must be prepared so that all of the information is obtained for the attorney to negotiate a fair settlement or present the case to the Court for a decision.
Contact Jamie L. Anderson at (937) 879-9542 to schedule a free consultation about your divorce case today. Jamie and her team of divorce attorneys, financial analysts, detectives and litigation experts can help you through a simple dissolution or complex divorce litigation. Whether your case involves visitation, father’s rights issues, child custody, child support, contested divorce, uncontested divorce, establishing paternity or any other area of family law Jamie L. Anderson can help you win your case. When there is so much on the line, call someone with the credentials to win your case.