How long will my divorce take to complete?

One of the most common questions that I am asked during a divorce consultation is “How long will my divorce take to complete?”  This is a very difficult question to answer given that everyone’s marriage is unique and may have different circumstances that drive the overall amount of time one may have to invest in said divorce.

I have litigated divorces that take a few months to complete, whereas I have litigated very complex divorces that take over 12 months to complete. There are many factors that contribute to the length of time that a divorce may take to work its way through the court system. These factors may include, but are not limited to:


  1. The number of assets and liabilities of the parties;
  2. Whether there are children born of the marriage or relationship;
  3. Whether the parties can agree to any terms of the division of marital property, including assets and liabilities;
  4. Whether there are any claims to separate property;
  5. Whether a party contests the grounds for the divorce;
  6. Whether there is out-of-state property;
  7. Willingness of the parties to cooperate with the legal process; and,
  8. Whether the Court has a large caseload, including criminal cases that take precedence over civil cases.


Additionally, one must keep in mind that once the divorce is complete, the process may not be over upon the Court issuing the final divorce decree. In fact, a great deal of work may be required by the parties once the decree of divorce is issued. For instance, if a marital property is to be divided such as a home, or real property, the parties may have to complete additional steps in splitting up that marital property, such as selling the home and splitting the proceeds according to the decree.

Because divorce is a contested termination of a marriage by judgment of a court and it may only be granted upon a finding of a fault-based ground, it may take more time to complete than expected. Even though some belief so, there truly is never an easy or quick divorce.

Recognizing the difficulties that one may face in pursuing family law matters, especially divorce, it is recommended that you contact White Law Office, Co. immediately should such difficulties arise in your family.

Matthew A. Kearney

Litigation Partner

This article is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to provide broad and general information about the law. Before applying the law discussed herein, please consult with your Attorney or the Attorneys at the White Law Office, Co. 

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