Charles Ullman of Charles R. Ullman & Associates, PLLC discuses how NC divorce cases are settled.
Interviewer: How do cases typically settle then?
Charles: There’s a spectrum and it sort of, it runs everything from a husband and wife talking about things at the dining room table or email or whatever it may be, to also have attorney-attorney conversations after we’ve bounced ideas off of our clients or made recommendations. The next step sort of gets into all of us, the clients, the attorneys, maybe going to a mediation setting. And then only after that do we really kind of look at is court going to be necessary or not.
Interviewer: How long does it usually take?
Charles: It can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months, even when the parties are in agreement, to make sure that we have an idea for both sides what all is involved and is reasonable to both people. That usually means the financial documents being disclosed, everyone coming to an estimate of what the value of the marital state is. So I would say anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months even when there’s an agreement. Certainly if there’s litigation, it’s going to take a lot longer than that.