When couples are looking into getting a divorce, there are several aspects and questions which need to be addressed. One of the most common questions couples want answered is how much the process will cost. While the answers will vary, read our previous blog here for more information on this. Aside from the cost of a divorce, the most common question couples want to know how long does it take to get a divorce.
The answer is, it really depends on what kind of divorce application the couple is seeking.
Uncontested & Simple Divorce
An uncontested or simple divorce is when one party applies for a divorce and either the other party does not respond or contest the application. In instances where the parties are agreeable to the divorce, it can be applied as a joint divorce.
Once the required documentation is filed in court, it takes approximately one to three months to obtain a divorce order.
A contested divorce, as the name suggests, is when one of the parties does not consent to the divorce. At this point, the parties will generally retain their respective lawyers and the litigation begins. The length of this process will depend on the issues and how far apart the parties stand.
This type of divorce can take anywhere from eight months to several years. The longer the matter drags on, the more expensive it becomes.
A religious divorce doesn’t legally end a marriage. However, some religions require a religious divorce if you want to remarry within that religion. The courts don’t give a religious divorce. Parties wishing to obtain a religious divorce have to go through their place of worship or religious organization.
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