While there is no “average” divorce, most cases come to some form of conclusion within the initial 6-8 months. The Courts have issued time standards which are used to estimate how long a particular case will take and will be used throughout your divorce process to determine the judicial efficiency of your divorce. As of the COVID-19 pandemic, divorce cases are on a 14-month track period. This means that from when you file your Complaint, your divorce should be finished within that particular timeframe. This does not mean your divorce is guaranteed to be completed, this is merely a highly tentative guide. Of the fairly few cases that proceed to trial, those divorce may take a few years to completely reach a final conclusion. Your divorce, however, can certainly be completed much sooner if both spouses are able to reach a full and fair agreement that is accepted by the Court.
The length of time it takes for your divorce to conclude is based on many factors, with each divorce presenting unique challenges, which includes but are not limited to the following:
- Complexity of the marital assets, liabilities, and income;
- Involvement of other professionals, such as real estate brokers/agents/appraisers, business valuations, and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) involvement;
- Issues regarding custody, parenting time, and child support of the children;
- Issues of alimony;
- Cooperation of both spouses; and
- Realistic expectations of both spouses and their desire to reach an amicable resolution.
There are many factors aside from those listed her that are simply beyond our control, such as Court hearing cancellations, that can also impact your timeframe. In order to have a realistic understanding of how long your divorce will take to conclude, a comprehensive consultation with an experienced divorce and family law attorney should be performed.