Divorces are difficult, and understandably, those going through one typically want it to be over as soon as possible. Unfortunately for some, it may take longer to get a divorce than it did to plan the wedding. There are several factors that determine the timeline of any divorce, and many mistakes divorcing couples can make that drag out the process even longer. A Royal Oak divorce attorney can help expedite the process and ensure you avoid any pitfalls that could slow it down.
Waiting Periods for Divorce in Michigan
There is a mandatory waiting period in Michigan for anyone who wants to get a divorce. These waiting periods generally cannot be avoided, and they are different depending on whether a couple has children or not.
If you did not have children with your spouse, you must wait 60 days from the date of filing for divorce before it can be finalized. If you are getting an uncontested divorce, your case will close shortly after this time and you could be divorced in just over two months.
If you do have children with your spouse, you must wait a minimum of six months after filing for divorce before it is finalized. If you are getting an uncontested divorce, it will likely be finalized a few months after the waiting period expires, meaning you could be divorced in just under one year.
How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take?
A contested divorce is one in which the couple does not agree to all terms. If the couple agrees on all terms but one, they must get a contested divorce. A contested divorce requires the court to settle any disagreements you have with your spouse on certain issues. These issues include child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division, to name just a few.
How long a contested divorce takes will depend on several factors. If the couple disagrees on several terms, the divorce will take longer. If a couple attempts mediation and it is unsuccessful, they will have to go to litigation, which will take much longer. Other factors, such as the court’s schedule, will also affect how long a divorce takes.
Due to these factors, contested divorces take the longest. Most of these cases take a year or more before they are finalized.
A Michigan Divorce Attorney can Speed Up the Process
No one ever wants to go through a divorce that drags through the courts for several months on end. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to speed up the process, such as speaking to a Royal Oak divorce attorney.
At Iafrate & Salassa, we will review your case for free and help you determine what your best legal options are. We can advise on the different types of divorce and explore alternatives, such as mediation, to determine if they are right for you. If you are considering divorce, or the process has already started, call us today to learn more about how we can help.