How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced?

This is really a two-part question.  Most states require a certain period of time to pass between the filing of the initial paperwork and the issuance of a Judgment of Dissolution (the “official” document signed by the judge stating that you are now divorced).  The period varies from six weeks to six months.  However, these time periods are assuming that you and your spouse completely agree on all issues including child support, spousal support and the divisions of assets and debts.  The fact that you are getting divorced usually indicates that you will not be agreeing on all of the issues.  So “How long does it take to get divorced?” really depends upon the time period required in your state and how long you decide to fight with your spouse over the issues mentioned above.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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