It’s understandable to want your divorce over as quickly as possible. Getting a divorce can be less difficult on the whole family with a fast and efficient process.

The time it will take to finalize your divorce depends on the factors of your case. A complex, contested divorce will typically take longer, while one in which both parties agree will be shorter. Every case is unique.

Contested vs. uncontested divorce

A contested divorce means one or both parties do not agree to the proposed terms of the split. One spouse may disagree with custody arrangements, a parenting plan, child support or property division. A contested divorce can lead to family law litigation. Litigation is most common in divorce cases involving custody issues, complex property and longer marriages. A contested divorce could take a year or longer to resolve.

An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses compromise on the terms of the dissolution. An uncontested divorce does not necessarily require a trial and will instead settle via mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution. Both parties are typically reasonably amicable during uncontested divorce cases, making for a faster process. An uncontested divorce is most common in shorter marriages and those that do not involve children. An uncontested divorce can reach finalization in months.

Shortening your divorce timeline

If your goal is to minimize the cost and time of your divorce, it’s important to work with an experienced divorce attorney. A divorce and family law attorney can help you avoid common mistakes that could extend the process.

If you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, litigation may be necessary, and you will need a skilled legal advocate on your side to achieve a favorable outcome. An experienced lawyer can quickly fill out and file the correct paperwork, build a case, gather evidence and take care of other matters related to your case. The goal is to achieve a favorable outcome as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible.