How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced?

No one wants their divorce to go on longer than it has to. Understandably, one of the most common questions couples ask when embarking on this process is in regards to the length of time it takes for it to finalize. Since every divorce is unique, the answer to this question will vary depending on the specific details of your case.

Ending a Marriage in New York

There are many factors that impact the speediness of a divorce. If you have an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse should be able to finalize the process relatively quickly. However, if the court is busy or your spouse is a bit slow to return the necessary documents to you, it could prolong the process. Some may end as soon as 6 weeks, especially since New York does not have a waiting period. That said, even an uncontested divorce can take 6 months or more if there are unnecessary delays caused by the court or an unmotivated spouse.

If your divorce is contested, it can take even longer due to the number of issues you may need to resolve, such as child custody, asset and debt division, spousal support, and more. Even if you only disagree on one of these key issues, your divorce will be considered contested and it will likely require more time to finalize.

Here are some other factors that can impact the length of your divorce:

  • There is a high level of conflict
  • You have a substantial amount of assets
  • Your spouse is being uncooperative
  • The assets involved are incredibly complex

If there are third parties involved in your case whom you are dependent on for information, this may also impact the length of your divorce.

Schedule a Case Evaluation with a Knowledgeable Divorce Attorney Today!

If you can no longer make your marriage work and are ready to file for divorce, you should not hesitate to reach out to a skilled legal advocate. At Arnel Law Firm, our family law team is committed to guiding clients through some of the most complex legal matters, so you can feel confident in our ability to represent you throughout this emotional process.

Reach out to our law office today at (718) 550-3024 to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys to get started on your case and learn more about what we can do for you!