What can I expect my case timeline to be?

Every divorce has factors that affect the length of time it takes. There are contested, uncontested, collaborative and simple divorces. Military divorces may have complications that take longer to settle.

An uncontested divorce may be completed in 45 to 90 days after the divorce complaint is initially filed. A divorce may take six months or longer if there are major disputes or you cannot locate your spouse.

After one spouse files for divorce, the other spouse has 30 to 60 days to respond. If that spouse fails to respond in time or does not dispute what you request in the divorce settlement, you are free to move forward with setting your divorce hearing. You may file a Notice of Divorce Hearing at least 10 days prior to a date for the hearing and mail it to your estranged spouse.

If there is a dispute, you can still schedule the hearing, but will need to be prepared to demonstrate that you have been separated for at least a year, which is required to obtain a divorce decree.

What typically delays a divorce is coming to agreement on distribution of marital assets, child custody and visitation, and payments for child support and/or alimony.