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How Long Does A Divorce Take?

There is nothing quick and easy about going through the process of a divorce. It generally takes 10 to 12 months (on average) to finalize a divorce from the date of the filing of the Complaint. Divorce is an emotional process just as much as a legal process and a case resolves when parties are able to get their emotions in order so they can come to the table and be reasonable.

At the Law Office of Jennifer J. McCaskill, LLC, in Red Bank, we know how frustrating it can be to face the long delay, when all you want to do is get through the legal process and get on with your life. We have years of experience guiding people through their divorce in Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and adjoining counties in central New Jersey.

If You Have Decided To File for Divorce, Accept The Fact That It Will Take Some Time

Let's face it, when you come to a place where you have made the decision to divorce, your emotions are running rampant. If you believe that you will be able to extricate yourself from several years of marriage in a matter of weeks, then think again. Most of the time, it doesn't work that way.

There will be complex issues and possible disputes over:

The Ways To Get There From Here

Once someone files for divorce, there are only two ways to get divorced. You can go through a trial and have a judge decide who gets what and when you see your children. This process is extremely costly, both financially and emotionally and usually not worth the cost. The other way to get divorced is to settle your case via a written contract. A "settlement agreement" is a 25-page document that resolves all of the things you are fighting over - parenting time, child support, alimony and property distribution.

How Long Does An "Uncontested Divorce" Take?

A lot of people have a misconception of an "uncontested divorce." If a divorce is "uncontested," it means that either there is nothing to fight over or you have resolved all of your issues via a settlement agreement. There are cases where parties are 100% in agreement over everything before anyone actually files for divorce. In those rare cases, your agreement would need to be written into a settlement agreement and then you can proceed with a divorce, which would only take a few months to finalize. Rest assured, we're not going to take shortcuts with so much at stake for your future. Our top priority is to work diligently to guide you through the difficult process of divorce while protecting your rights and long-term interests, all the while providing you with the support you need.

Here is something you can absolutely count on: We will never create a dispute or problem that didn't exist before you walked through our door.

Why Us? Quite Simply, Our Lawyers Believe In A Better Way.

Our attorney have worked solely on New Jersey divorce and family law matters for more than a decade. We are people, too. We understand the need for compassion in your life as you navigate this very difficult process. During the time it takes to get paperwork turned in and court dates set, we work to establish a partnership with you, based on honesty and integrity.

So How Long Does A Divorce Take?

Like most things in law, that depends. Let's start by answering your questions. Call our offices at 732-852-7418 or send an email to request a time we can sit down to discuss your situation.

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