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How Long Does Divorce Take?

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If divorce is something you are considering, or you are in the middle of a divorce case, one of your primary questions may be, “How long does it take to get divorced?”

Going through divorce increases stress and emotions, so it makes sense that you want to finish the process as soon as possible. It does not have to take years, but a quick divorce depends upon multiple elements coming together at once. 

What Holds Up Divorces?

Your petition for divorce from your spouse may be hindered by any combination of the following:

Cooperation: If there is one sure way to slow down divorce, it is a lack of cooperation between the spouses. A breakdown in cooperation at any point will delay things significantly. During the divorce process, emotions can be difficult to control, but it is important not to let that delay the proceedings if you want to get the divorce wrapped up quickly. 

Contested vs. uncontested: The two different types of divorces can have two distinct timelines. Contested divorce will take longer, because you and your spouse may disagree over various issues such as child custodyparenting timespousal maintenance, or property division. Uncontested divorces can be completed more quickly, because each spouse agrees on the divorce provisions. 

The court system: Even if your divorce is uncontested, the courts are often busy, and this can slow things down considerably. If divorce mediation is unsuccessful, a case that goes to a judge can take some time to be resolved, depending on the availability of the judge, the spouses, and their attorneys. Family law cases make up a sizable portion of the cases a court hears, and fitting in your case right away is not always possible. 

In-depth analysis: If you or your spouse own a business, it might be necessary to conduct an extensive analysis to determine the correct value of your business assets for the divorce proceedings. It may also be necessary to hire an accountant to take stock of each spouse’s finances and uncover any hidden assets, which can also take some time. 

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

If you have questions about your divorce, the knowledgeable attorneys at Anderson & Associates, P.C. can provide the legal help you need. Our Wheaton divorce lawyers will work with you to protect your interests, acknowledge your concerns, and assist in reaching a positive resolution to your case. Contact us at 630-653-9400 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

https://people.howstuffworks.com/divorce1.htm

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=075000050HPt%2E+IV&ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=3800000&SeqEnd=5300000

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