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How Long Does a Divorce Take?

If you’re thinking about divorce, you might also have wondered how much of your time it will ultimately take. Will it last weeks? Months? Perhaps a year or more? The answer to that question varies, depending on a number of different factors related to your circumstances.

The first thing that will affect the length of time of the divorce is how much you and your spouse can agree on the issues related to the process. For example, can you both agree on child custody, spousal support, and property division? If so, you are among the incredibly lucky who can file for an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce means neither spouse contests the other during the process. These types of divorces can take as little as two weeks to two months.

If you and your spouse can’t agree on any of the important issues, your contested divorce will take a lot longer. Contested divorces take as long as 18 to 30 months, as each trial will lengthen the period. If you and your spouse can’t agree on child custody, property division, or spousal support, these will need to be decided by a judge, which will take time.

There are also certain requirements you must meet before filing. According to Illinois law, you or your spouse must have been living in Illinois for at least 90 days (or 180 days if there are children whose custody needs to be assigned). If you haven’t met this requirement, you will either have to file in another state or wait the required amount of time to file.

Last, if you are filing for a no-fault divorce, meaning filing on the ground of irreconcilable differences, you are required to have been living separately for at least 2 years (6 months if you both agree to the divorce).

For more information about divorce, or to begin your case, give us a call. Our skilled Illinois divorce lawyers have been helping Illinois couples and families with their legal problems for many years. Wakenight & Associates, P.C. has earned a reputation for providing comprehensive and compassionate service. Let us see what we can do for you in a free case consultation.

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