How Long Will It Take for My Divorce to Finalize in California?

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When getting a divorce, many are under the false assumption that this can be a quick and easy process. After all, getting married can be as simple as going to your local courthouse to sign a license. However, this misconception can create false perceptions about going through the divorce process. If you’re unsure how long it could take for your divorce to finalize, you’ll want to keep reading, as there are a considerable number of factors that can influence the outcome. The following blog explores what can lengthen this process and why connecting with a Los Angeles divorce attorney is in your best interest for this process.

What Factors Affect How Long It Takes a Divorce to Finalize?

In general, a divorce in California will take, at minimum, six months. This is due to the state’s mandatory six-month waiting period, as the state wants to allow time for couples to possibly reconcile their differences. However, there are a considerable number of factors that will influence how long this takes, and six months is the bare minimum.

Generally, if you are going through an uncontested divorce, meaning you and your spouse agree to all terms and can easily compromise and work together to settle your differences, this will take the shortest amount of time. However, as most divorces are complex matters involving high net worth individuals and complicated assets, it can take a considerable amount of time for the divorce to finalize.

Contested divorces are much more complex, as they often contain a considerable amount of back and forth between the parties as they negotiate their settlement. While the courts can determine matters like child custody using a formula, other issues can be more complicated. When dividing property, California’s community property law states that couples are entitled to an even split of assets obtained during the marriage. However, there is no baseline for how these assets will be divided, meaning you and your spouse may fight a considerable amount over which assets each person receives. This can take significant time, as negotiating high value assets can be a contentious point.

Do I Need a Lawyer for This Process?

If you’re going through a divorce, you may think you and your spouse can negotiate and compromise on your own. However, failing to obtain legal representation for this process can lead you to make errors that impact your life and finances for the rest of your life.

At the Zitser Family Law Group, APC, our dedicated legal team understands how to handle these complex matters. Our team can handle complex, high net worth divorces with many complicated assets. That’s why we’re ready to help you through these matters. Contact us today if you’re going through a divorce and need assistance.

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