How Long Does a Divorce Take in California?

CA Divorce

If you are dissolving your marriage, one of your concerns may be in regards to how long it will take before it is finalized. After all, no one wants the process to drag on much longer than it should. However, there is no universal timeframe for how long it should take for a divorce to finalize. Depending on the various details of your divorce, the length of this process can vary considerably. Continue reading to learn more.

Factors That Can Affect the Length of Your Divorce

Although there are many factors that may be unique to your situation, which can impact the timeline, there are other factors that affect every divorce. In California, there is a mandatory six-month waiting period, even if your legal separation predates the petition you filed by decades. Therefore, if you are eager to split, do not hesitate to consult with an attorney to get the ball rolling on your case.

In addition to the mandatory waiting period, you must also meet the state’s residency requirements. In California, at least one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least six months and a minimum of three months in the county where the divorce is filed.

One of the biggest factors that can affect your divorce is whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. If you and your spouse disagree on one or more key issues, such as child custody or property division, your divorce will be contested. A contested divorce can take a considerable amount of time to resolve, especially if one spouse has a particularly high-conflict attitude. However, if you are both willing to try a different method, such as mediation or collaborative divorce, you can resolve those issues in a less contentious setting, which can speed the process along. Moreover, by choosing an alternative dispute resolution, you and your spouse can stay outside of court.

Speak to an Experienced Divorce Attorney About Your Case Today!

If you are filing for divorce, the experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff can provide the representation and advice you need to navigate your case as smoothly as possible. You can rely on us to provide the personalized attention and tailored solutions you need to secure the best outcome for your case.

Reach out to our law office today at (805) 633-4999 to schedule a consultation with our attorney and get started on your case.

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