How long will it take for my divorce to be final?
Categories: Family Law
The amount of time it takes for a divorce to be finalized is different in everyone's case and is driven by a variety of factors.
One of the most important factors is whether other professionals need to be brought into the case such as custody evaluators or business appraisers. This will take more time, as they play an important role in helping to provide information necessary to either settle the case or take it to trial.
Another major factor is whether there are issues that cannot be resolved in any way other than going to trial. If the case is resolved short of trial, it will typically take less time because the time is not impacted by the judge's calendar. Currently, cases going to trial are often being scheduled anywhere from 3 to 6 months from the date a trial is requested due to the number of cases currently assigned to each judge. If a case goes to trial, it may not be resolved for well over a year.
An experienced attorney can evaluate your specific situation and provide you with a reasonable estimate of the work that needs to be done, the process that will likely occur and some idea of the amount of time it will take from start to finish.
About the author: Mitchell Reichman is an Arizona State Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist and attorney at the Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk. He is an Executive Board Member for the State Bar Family Law/Divorce division and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell. Mitchell has recently been named a "Best Lawyer in America" by Best Lawyers, "Arizona Top 10 Family Law Lawyer" by Arizona Business Magazine and a "Southwest Super Lawyer." Mitch is an experienced in representing a variety of clients with their divorces.