After Filing Dissolution, How Long Does a Divorce Take?
When you've decided to end your marriage or domestic partnership, you may wonder how long it will take for your divorce to become final. In California, there is a six-month waiting period, but it doesn't begin when you file your petition; instead, the clock starts ticking the date you serve your spouse or partner with the petition for divorce.
The justification for a waiting period is that the court can allow you the time to be very sure you want your divorce.
There is also a residency requirement in California. You must have been living in the state for at least six months before you can file for a divorce.
If there are some disputes between you and your spouse, such as property issues or disagreements regarding spousal support, you can use the six-month time frame to reach an agreement. If you come to an agreement, your attorney will file the paperwork that shows the judge an agreement has been reached.
At the six-month mark, the judge will finalize your divorce. If there are still pending disputes between you and your spouse at the end of the six months, a trial will be set to settle the marriage.
If a custody arrangement hasn't been agreed upon before filing the petition, the court will mandate custody mediation. After mediation, you and your spouse will go through a process to iron out custody issues. Your lawyer can discuss this in more detail with you.
California has a unique shortcut that allows you to terminate your marriage even if disputes over custody or property haven't been settled yet. You can "bifurcate" your divorce.
Basically, this means the court will terminate the marriage at the end of the six months, or whenever you request it after that, but the other disputes can be left open to be dealt with.
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