How Long Will It Take for My Divorce to Become Final?

Your divorce will take a shorter or longer amount of time depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation.

You want to get a divorce, but you’re unsure how to go about the process and how long it’s going to take. After all, you don’t want to drag it out for years on end. This is a painful enough situation and you want to get it over with as quickly as possible.

How long your divorce process will take depends on your circumstances. Here’s some more information.

How Long Divorce Takes

If you have an uncontested divorce in Ohio, where you and your spouse are on the same page about the terms of your divorce, or you go with a dissolution of marriage, you could be divorced within 45 to 90 days of filing the initial paperwork. If you’re going through a contested divorce, the timeline will be longer; on average, it’ll take 12 months to finalize your divorce if you don’t have children, and 18 months if you do. If you are fighting with your spouse over things like alimony and child custody, then that’s going to make the divorce take longer.

How to Shorten the Divorce Process

To wrap up your divorce faster, you and your spouse should try to work out the issues on your own before filing your paperwork. Then, you can do a dissolution of marriage or uncontested divorce. You also need to make sure you meet all the requirements. For instance, the spouse who files needs to be a resident of Ohio within six months of filing. You can also speed up the process with the help of a lawyer, who will tell you exactly what to do to make everything go quicker.

Get in Touch With Richard P. Arthur

Richard P. Arthur, Attorney at Law, can help you with your Ohio divorce. You can call 937-254-3738 for a consultation. He has more than three decades of experience helping clients in Dayton and Trotwood, as well as Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, and Warren counties.