Nobody wants their divorce case to drag on for months on end. After all, a new life awaits, and it is understandable to look forward to the conclusion of your divorce proceedings. Besides, you can only make solid plans after knowing what is in it for you following property and debt division.
So, how long does the average divorce take to conclude?
The time varies
There is no predetermined time that divorce proceedings take. It all depends on the circumstances of your divorce as well as the state laws at play. For instance, in Georgia, your spouse has 30 days to respond after being served the divorce papers. On top of that, you must have been a resident for at least six months before filing for divorce. All this will weigh in on your divorce case. Also, if your divorce involves high-value or complex assets, it may take a longer time to wind up.
Is it a contested or uncontested divorce?
Usually, uncontested divorces where both parties agree on contentious issues take a shorter period to conclude compared to contested divorces. For example, deciding on child custody, child support and property division will shorten your divorce. Mediation or arbitration along the way could also mean your divorce will take a longer time to finalize.
Do not rush into a settlement
During divorce proceedings, emotions may run high, and you may think that rushing into a settlement will help you move on quickly. The truth is that some of the choices you make now will likely affect your life in the future, which is why it is essential to be aware of your rights. Make informed decisions and do not settle for less in a bid to get your divorce over and done with.