Answer: A few months to a few years depending on each case.
The length of time it takes to get divorced depends on several factors but the strongest indicator is where the parties are each at in the process. Typically one party is ahead of the other and has processed their decision but the other may just be in the beginning stages. It will take this individual time to get caught up. Divorce coaches and therapists can help in this regard. It is fear of the unknown that causes a lot of people’s emotional states to be off balance interfering with what should be more of a business transaction. It is so important to keep emotions in check so that individuals can make sound decisions. Once the emotions are stabilized, the process will usually move more quickly. Typically there are five players in this process including the parties, two attorneys and the Judge. In a collaborative case, there will be more. Therefore, as you can imagine, scheduling can also delay the process. It is important to choose an attorney that will have the time to devote to your case and respond in a timely fashion which should be within 24 hours at a minimum with an acknowledgment of receipt and a timeframe for when a more detailed response will be given. It is equally important for each party to respond to their attorneys in a timely fashion to keep things moving. As a side note, you will keep your fees down if the attorney’s office does not need to remind you to complete, review or sign things. Unfortunately, some people have behavioral tendencies that will not allow for a smooth transaction and then you see several temporary issues before the court. You will need to consult with your attorney and they will guide you along what will be a longer process.