Agreeing on the issues before embarking on a divorce is the normally the quickest way to ensure swift, plain sailing for your divorce. That is why divorces that are uncontested are not only the easiest and most direct route to take but have the benefits of saving both money and time. Read on to learn more.
Depending on the state you reside in the length of time a divorce may take can vary even when the parties agree on everything. Waiting periods can be up to and including six months in some states from the initial filing of paperwork to the finalization of a divorce and to allow the other side to launch an appeal should they decide to do so. In other states the entire process can be completed in around sixty days. Generally, even in the best circumstances and depending on your location the time to complete the divorce can differ from as few as six weeks to twelve months.
There are several considerations to account for when it comes to the duration of the process:
- Do you have a child or children together?
- Do you both own property?
- Do you both own assets?
- What is the current relationship between you and your soon to be ex-spouse?
- Was there a pre-nuptial wedding agreement?
Divorce courts are also busy and again depending on where you live there may be an extensive backlog of cases waiting to be heard that further delays the entire process. You also must meet the requirements for residency in the state where you are filing the divorce. In some states that period may be six to twelve months. So, this is vital to clarify if you are after a timely divorce process.
How Long Does It Take To Get An Uncontested Divorce In Arizona?
In Arizona it can take as little as sixty days to obtain a divorce decree (though the circumstances in which this is possible are limited as per ARS 25-329) – even so, the average time statewide for divorces that are uncontested to be resolved is 105 days with rimes ranging from ninety to one hundred and twenty days. In circumstances where the concerned parties agree on all the concerning issues, a joint agreement may be taken to the court and filed there. Their agreement can be at the same time or later if there are still some outstanding issues to be addressed. Sometimes, the parties may utilize the services of a mediator for resolution of these matters. If an agreement is reached and submitted to the courts the judge in normal circumstances will sign it in to the divorce decree at the termination point of the waiting period.
Source: Crowley, Jason, et al. “How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced.” Survive Divorce, Survive Divorce, 29 Jan. 2020, www.survivedivorce.com/how-long-does-divorce-take.
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