One of the questions we are often asked at The Mandel Law Firm in New York is, “How long will my divorce take?” We understand that divorce is never easy and that you want to move forward with your life as soon as possible. No one wants a divorce to be a long, drawn-out, painful process. However, several factors can impact your divorce timeline.
The legal team at The Mandel Law Firm wants you to be prepared for the divorce process. That means understanding the timeline of a divorce and what can affect your case.
How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced in New York?
Unfortunately, there is no universal answer. How long a divorce takes will depend on a wide variety of factors. If you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your separation, a divorce may take a few short months. On the other hand, if you and your spouse disagree on everything or you have a high net worth, a divorce could take years.
Mediation Can Shorten the Divorce Timeline
If you are interested in shortening the divorce timeline and you and your spouse are on the same page about how to divide assets, mediation may be the right path forward. Mediation is a road to divorce that does not require legal proceedings. Instead, you, your partner, and your legal representatives will meet with a neutral third party. This person is the mediator. The mediator will help you resolve potential issues and reach an amicable agreement.
Once you reach an agreement in mediation, the mediator will draft a document that reflects your arrangement. This agreement is filed with the court, and a judge will review the terms and finalize the divorce. Often, you will not even have to attend the hearing.
Mediation shortens the divorce timeline because you don’t have to wait for court dates. You can set up mediation sessions when it is convenient. If you and your spouse generally agree on the terms of your divorce, the mediation process can be completed in a matter of weeks or months.
How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take?
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on the terms of the divorce, like child custody, marital support, and the division of assets. An attorney can prepare the legal paperwork and file that paperwork with the New York court system on your behalf. The jurisdiction of the court and how backed up they are may impact how long an uncontested divorce takes. However, most uncontested divorces can be resolved in three to six months.
How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take?
When partners cannot agree on the terms of a divorce, the court will need to intervene. In a contested divorce, a judge will generally be presented with information about the couple’s situation and will make decisions about the division of property, child custody, child support, and spousal support based on that information.
A contested divorce takes the most time to resolve. Depending on the circumstances and complexities of the case, a contested divorce can take nine months to one year or more to resolve. In cases where children are involved or there are high-dollar assets, the timeline may be extended.
Talk to a Knowledgeable New York Divorce Attorney
Do you have concerns about how long it will take to get divorced in New York? Talk to an experienced divorce attorney at The Mandel Law Firm. We will take the time to review your situation and give you a realistic divorce timeline estimate.
All divorce cases are unique. Let our legal team help you resolve your issues and move forward with your life. To set up a confidential case review, contact us online or call our New York office at (646) 770-3868 today.