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How long will it take for my divorce to be finalized?

Because every divorce that is filed in the courts of California is based on different facts and involves different litigants, it is impossible to say how long a case will take to reach finalization. However, there are certain requirements that all individuals must meet in order to have their divorce cases reviewed and approved by the courts.

For example, not everyone can file for divorce in California. One of the individuals who will be a party to the divorce must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to divorce paperwork being filed. Additionally, that individual must have lived in the county where the divorce pleadings are filed for at least three months before the court will hear the matter.

Once the parties have met the above-discussed residency requirements, the court hearing their matter will have to schedule it for review. Depending upon whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, if there are additional matters such as child support, child custody and spousal support to work out and a host of other factors, the time line from filing for divorce to finalizing the divorce can be a matter of months or a matter of years.

It can be tempting for a person who desires a divorce to want the process to go as fast as possible. However, when parties rush to the ends of their marriages they can make deleterious decisions about important issues that may later impact their financial and parental rights. It is often beneficial for individuals contemplating divorce to consult with family law attorneys to determine their best courses of action for bringing their marriage to its end.

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