As divorce proceedings begin, many people ask: how long is this going to take? Like most people, you probably want it over with as soon as possible. However, you may realize that it may take some time to straighten out the many details.
While there is no perfect timeline to estimate the length of your divorce, there are indicators that can help you determine if your divorce might conclude sooner rather than later.
Contested or uncontested
An uncontested divorce occurs when you and your spouse can come to an agreement on your issues. Naturally, a divorce can be finalized quicker when an agreement is already in place. Continued, unresolved arguments will likely prolong a conclusion. These clashes usually concern children or property distribution issues.
The exchange of information
You must provide all of your financial information when you divorce. If you or your spouse do not want to share this information, plan on the divorce process taking longer. If a motion needs to be filed in court to get this information, add time for a hearing and a ruling from a judge.
The possibility of forensic accounting
If you suspect a spouse of under-reporting income or hiding assets, you may require a forensic accountant to investigate their possible deception. This type of investigation will take time.
Speed of the courts
Courtrooms are busy, and it may be difficult to schedule time in front of a judge for your hearing. Divorce cases being handled in large cities may often find this to be the case.
The most efficient divorces usually have spouses working together to end the marriage with minimal disagreements. Prolonged arguing, disagreements and holding back information will only prolong the proceedings.