How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take?
One frequent question I receive as an attorney is, “How long will it take to obtain an uncontested divorce?” The answer depends on several factors. The first part of the process is preparation of a written agreement. Once our client has given us an outline of the agreement, it generally takes five to ten business days to prepare a draft. After that, our client and their spouse review and finalize all of the issues in that agreement. Whatever time they need is added onto the five to ten business days required to draft the agreement.
Once the agreement is signed, our office takes another five to ten business days to prepare all of the paperwork the court requires and forward copies to our client and their spouse for review. We need to know they’ve agreed upon all the paperwork and each has signed their appropriate documents. The time the parties take to accomplish this is added onto the five to ten days our office needs to complete that paperwork.
Submitting your completed paperwork to the court is the final step. Once submitted, the paperwork is out of our control, and we generally expect the judge to require eight to twelve weeks to sign the judgment of divorce. In some counties, that timeframe can be significantly longer, while in others it can be a little bit shorter. It always depends upon the assigned judge and how much other paperwork is sitting on the judge’s desk when our paperwork is submitted.
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This educational legal blog was brought to you by Jean Mahserjian, an experienced New York Divorce Attorney located in Saratoga County. Our law office has been helping residents with uncontested divorce options for over 25 years.