When Is My Divorce Final?

When Is My Divorce Final?

Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Jacksonville

The length of time it takes for a divorce to become final often depends on whether it is contested or uncontested. If a couple agrees on all terms of a divorce, from property division to child custody, their divorce could be final within two months. However, in the vast majority of divorces, couples disagree on at least one major point and cannot resolve it together, which requires the court to settle the matter instead. When the finalization of a divorce depends on the notoriously clogged and inefficient court system, it can take more than six months.

In order for an uncontested divorce to be finalized, a petitioner must appear before a judge, which does not require either member of the divorcing couple to be present. However, in contested divorces, a final divorce hearing, which requires both divorcing parties to be present, must occur.

Simplified divorces are the fastest way to have your divorce finalized, though this is not a viable option for most divorcing couples, especially those who have been married for a considerable amount of time. However, if a couple is pursuing a simplified divorce, in which property division has been agree upon, there are no children involved, and neither party will receive alimony, divorce can be finalized in less than one month.

Ultimately, a divorce is final as soon as a judge signs a court order to dissolve your marriage and hands down the terms of your divorce. A marriage technically ends when the court order is signed, but it is only finalized when that signed judgement is officially placed into the court records.

If you are pursuing divorce and are unsure which route to take, our experienced Jacksonville divorce attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A. are ready and willing to help you make informed decisions every step of the way. Get a hold of one of our Jacksonville family lawyers by calling (904) 770-3141 or contact us for a risk-free, confidential consultation today.


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