There is also no mandatory timeframe for how long a divorce will take. The specific facts and circumstances of your case will determine the duration of your Florida divorce.
Here are the two biggest variables that can result in a short divorce case, or alternatively, result in protracted divorce litigation:
- Uncontested Divorce: If you and your spouse can agree on how to resolve key issues like child custody, child support, the division of assets and liabilities, and alimony, your divorce can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days. This is a short time frame for a Florida divorce. Time spent arguing, negotiating, and developing a case for trial is avoided because the parties do not need to prove their case at trial, or negotiate a settlement at court ordered mediation.
Contested Divorce: If you need to have your case resolved by a judge, your divorce can take a year or more to resolve. If you file the case without an agreement, you may be able to resolve the case at mediation in 3 to 6 months. If mediation does not result in a settlement, you will likely get to trial in one to two years. This is due to a number of factors:
- It will take time to gather the needed evidence. This often includes subpoenas to various people and businesses to gather documentation that will be needed to prove your case.
- You may also need to complete depositions of various individuals to identify witness testimony.
- The backlog of cases in the court system can be a significant issue, as well.
An experienced Florida divorce attorney will be able to give you a better idea about the anticipated duration of your case, and guide you through the case efficiently.
If you are getting a divorce, do not postpone hiring a skilled and experienced attorney to represent you and provide sound legal guidance. At The Wheeler Firm, PA, our divorce team is dedicated to providing premier legal assistance in Okaloosa County and Walton County. A divorce is a complex and emotional process, and are ready to do what is necessary to protect your interests at your time of need.
Our divorce attorney has offices in Fort Walton Beach and Miramar Beach to serve clients through Okaloosa County, Walton County, and the surrounding areas. Contact our law office today at (850) 613-6923 to request a confidential case evaluation, or provide us with your information and we will contact you promptly to arrange a consultation.