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What factors influence the length of a divorce?

| Jun 25, 2018 | Family Law

You have decided to file for divorce from your spouse, and you are wondering just how long your divorce will take. Obtaining a divorce is rarely as simple as filing some paperwork. For most couples, it is a complex and time-consuming process.

In Georgia, a divorce can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years. While every divorce is different, there are a few major factors that you can examine to get a better idea of how long it will take to get a divorce.

Finances and children

One factor that affects the length of a divorce is your financial situation and whether you and your spouse have children. If you do not have any children and your finances are fairly straightforward, obtaining a divorce may be as simple as filing the paperwork with your attorney and waiting a few weeks. For couples who must determine a custody and visitation arrangement and divide complex assets, divorce will probably take much longer.

Method of divorce

The method you choose for your divorce will also affect its length. If you take your divorce to court, this will probably take much longer than alternative dispute resolution like mediation or negotiation. Collaborative divorce also tends to be faster than litigation.

Amicability

That brings us to the third factor: Your relationship with your soon-to-be former spouse. Some couples can barely stand to speak to each other and go out of their way to prevent each other from getting what they want in a divorce arrangement. For these couples, divorce will be a long and difficult road. However, couples who agree to work together in a divorce can do so in much less time.

What can I do to make my divorce go faster?

Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to speed up your divorce. First, consider in advance the outcome that you want from the divorce. Then, research Georgia’s divorce laws to understand how our state handles property division, alimony and custody and visitation. You should also understand the legal options that are available to you. The sooner you do, the sooner you can make informed decisions about your divorce.