As has been noted in previous blogs, law may not always work in real time or move as quickly as one or both parties may like. Often, there are deadlines and pieces that must fit together before a matter can be finalized. This can take some time.
In divorce cases specifically, there are several reasons it may take longer or be continued. First, there is a required cooling off period of 60 days, and until that time is reached, the divorce cannot be finalized. Next, there may be a GAL or custody evaluator involved. Both of these providers interview the parties and children, and it takes time for information to be gathered and a report to be filed.
The relationship between the parties may also color the case. If the parties are acrimonious and are fighting emotional battles with one another, it may lead to more filings pending or more communication about the case. Another issue that may prolong a divorce is determining the value of assets. Often, retirement accounts, businesses, or houses may require appraisals or the like, and can take time for an expert to review and report on. In fact, there may be multiple experts valuing assets or liabilities for both sides.
Also, depending on how long the parties were married and if there are children involved, divorce is an untangling of two lives together into separate lives-separate households, separate furnishings, separate accounts, separate funds. This can take time to unwind, and if the parties have children, the issues of child custody and support may add time to determine as the divorce becomes finalized, as well.
Even when parties are in agreement, there may need to be valuations or discovery completed to make sure all relevant information is known to the parties to be able to determine custody and support and to appropriately divide the marital estate. It may take time, but you want to be sure to have accurate and complete information moving forward to avoid potential issues down the road.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in exploring the divorce process and the timing of same. This blog is not intended as legal advice. If you have questions or concerns about your case, CIYOU & DIXON, P.C. may be able to help evaluate same. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. practices throughout the state of Indiana. This post was written by attorney, Jessica Keyes.