It depends. If your marriage has lasted more than a few years, a divorce ordinarily takes several months because you have to identify and divide all of the assets and debts you have accumulated over the years, close accounts, and sever all your legal obligations with your spouse–so you can
move on in life with a clean slate and positive future. Sometimes this requires the assistance of other professionals, ranging from tax professionals and financial planners to bankruptcy attorneys.
The soonest a divorce can be ordered by statute is sixty days after filing; this is a cooling off period to make sure the parties really want divorced because marriage is an institution the law favors.
Where children are involved, a divorce may take additional time to determine physical and legal custody arrangements in the children’s best interests. Sometimes this is not clear at the time the divorce is filed because the parents may move apart to different school systems, want to remarry or relocate. To assist, an advocate for the children such as guardian ad litem to a custody evaluator may be ordered to investigate and make recommendations to the court on what works post-divorce after delving into the family and children’s dynamics.
Ultimately, the objective of every divorce is to locate and apportion all these benefits and obligations so you avoid post-divorce surprises or litigation. How long this takes depends on these and many other variables as well. Equally, a divorce should aim to have a child custody order that in most cases maximizes the quality time each parent spends with the children. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. advocates help you to balance the desire to be divorced and to move on in life with the time needed to properly divide the assets and get a workable parenting plan that is best for you and in your children’s best interests.