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How Long Can a Divorce Take?

Posted by Michael G. Butash | Oct 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

No couple wants to get to the point that divorce is the only option for a chance for a better life. Divorces can be tough on everyone, and some people just want to know how long this part of their lives is going to take. Even with the help of a divorce lawyer, Florida residents should know that there is no set in stone time that a divorce is finalized. There are many factors in a case that can boost up as well as slow down the proceedings of the case. Although the first step to getting the process rolling is to file a document called a petition for dissolution of marriage.

The Many Aspects of Divorce That Effect Time

Filing for divorce outlines any claims that you may have for things such as child support, alimony, custody, and division of property as well as debts. All of these aspects can affect the time it takes to finalize your divorce, especially if both parties cannot decide on reasonable terms to agree upon. This is called a contested divorce and you should hire the assistance of a divorce lawyer. Florida residents will have to prove their cases, and it would be beneficial to have someone who has a knowledge of not only the legal system but also divorces in general! You can represent yourself of course, but this is highly not recommended.

Uncontested versus Contested Divorces

An uncontested divorce case is an instance where both parties file for divorce and can agree on reasonable grounds and settle their issues without the help of the law. In cases like this, a divorce case will only take a couple of weeks to finish and be done with. If the court has to decide on the terms, it can take anywhere from six months or longer. Most spouses do not take their divorce to trial because of the mediation of their divorce lawyers. Florida residents who want a speedy divorce, should try to make reasonable demands and use the skills, services, and knowledge of a divorce lawyer.

*Disclaimer: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Butash Law Group*

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Michael G. Butash

Michael G. Butash Stetson University College of Law Florida State University Former State Prosecutor Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/...

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