People often ask me “How long does a divorce take in New York?” Unfortunately it’s not an easy answer to give. It depends on the amount of conflict and the amount of complexity in the case. An uncontested divorce can take as short as three months. A contested case can take a year and a half or longer.
Uncontested cases are shorter because people aren’t fighting, they agree on a basic outline of the issues. There might be a problem with resolving the particulars of a parenting plan, or just how much exactly to pay in maintenance or child support. Those things can be resolved pretty quickly with a four-way conference, and then paperwork, including the stipulation of settlement -- that is the agreement that resolves the case -- is prepared shortly thereafter, and then documents, including the judgment of divorce, are also prepared, submitted to the court. Usually within a couple of months we have a judge signing off on it from there.
A contested case, well, it really depends on how much you and your spouse want to fight. People will have custody trials that can last months, six months or a year even, depending on the availability of calendar time for your particular trial.
My recommendation is: Try to find an attorney that will help you resolve issues rather than fan the fires. That way, your case will be over sooner, and cheaper.
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