No one enjoys going through a divorce, especially one that could potentially drag out over months or even years. Most people getting a divorce want to know when their divorce case will be over so they can move forward with their lives. While there is never a definitive answer to that question, there are some things that have a direct impact on the length — and cost — of your divorce:
Your spouse. One of the quickest ways to reach your goal of a quick divorce is to be in agreement with your spouse on all the major issues like alimony, child custody and support, and the division of property and debts. Many couples find that the fastest way to resolution is through mediation. However, if your spouse is determined to make your divorce as unpleasant as possible, then the process will undoubtedly take far longer than you’d like.
Your spouse’s lawyer. While you can’t control who your spouse hires to represent him or her in a divorce action, knowing who the other attorney is and how they practice can shed some light on what you can expect in terms of difficulty reaching a settlement. If your spouse hires someone who is known to be reasonable and settlement-minded, things will move along more quickly than if he or she hires an aggressive litigator.
Your issues. How long your divorce case takes will be impacted by any issues that are in dispute. If you and your spouse pretty much agree on the division of marital property and support issues, your case should resolve fairly quickly. However, if you have complex finances, a business, or there are disputes on custody and support issues, it will likely take longer.
Your county. Where you live in New Jersey does have an impact on the length of your divorce case simply because some counties have more cases than others. If you can agree to take the court somewhat out of the equation by engaging in mediation, this will move things along much quicker than vying with a crowded court calendar.
Protecting your interests and achieving results that support your needs is what you can expect from Murphy & Cistaro. Contact us today for your free consultation.