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How Long Does the Divorce Process Take in California?

The length of a divorce varies in each case. For those who have already determined that you fulfill the residency requirement in California and are filing the petition for divorce, it will take at least six months for your divorce to be legalized. The reason that this is an 'at least' statement is because there are many factors that can lengthen the process. If you and your spouse contest the matters of divorce, the various divorce battles can take time. Some of the issues that you will need to decide on in your divorce case are:

  1. Child custody orders
  2. Child support orders
  3. Spousal support orders
  4. Property division agreement

If both parties are cooperative and able to reach a fair agreement, the divorce can be complete and legal in just about six months. The six-month time period begins once you serve the divorce papers to your spouse. This period of time is considered a cooling off period that California requires and oftentimes couples can reconcile their marriage during this time. To help ensure that the paperwork is filed on time and your rights are protected, it is important that you team up with a divorce lawyer in Orange County.

Individuals filing for divorce often think that they are waiting on the six-month period for their divorce to be final, but in actuality the matters of divorce often take longer than this to resolve anyway. To help you get a better feel for the amount of time involved in divorce, here are the steps in the divorce process:

  1. You file the divorce papers to your spouse
  2. Your spouse will have 30 days to file a response
  3. Temporary court orders may be put in place involving child custody and even restraining orders if necessary
  4. Discovery takes place, which is when spouses exchange information and all documents that are relevant in divorce
  5. All parties will discuss a settlement and can potentially reach an agreement
  6. If an agreement is not made, the parties will go to trial
  7. A Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage will be made that has all court orders

Taking into consideration the cooling off period and the relationship that you have with your spouse, you may be able to estimate how long your divorce will take. For help making your divorce as quick and painless as possible, team up with The Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner. Attorney Mitzner has 20 years of experience handling divorce cases and he knows the ins and outs of this process. He is also a certified family law specialist who is dedicated to helping clients reach the divorce agreements that they need.

Contact the firm today at (714) 908-2373 or fill out a free case evaluation form to get started in your divorce.