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Divorce can be difficult for both individuals, regardless how long the marriage lasted. There are different avenues for dissolving a marriage depending on the priorities of the husband and wife. The quickest and easiest way is with an uncontested divorce where all terms of the divorce are agreed upon, including property and asset division, child custody and support, visitation, alimony etc. If either person disagrees with any component of the divorce agreement, then the case is considered contested and usually a mediation or court hearing is necessary to settle the dispute.

The length of the divorce varies depending on the specific laws of the state you are filing in even if the divorce is uncontested. Some states, like Florida or Massachusetts have either no waiting period or at least a very minimal 20 day waiting period before divorce can be finalized after documents have been submitted. The standard length of time for most states, like New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas etc. is around 60 to 120 days. Then there are other states like California which have a mandatory waiting period of 6 months

Once the mandatory waiting periods are over, for the divorce to be finalized, both parties need to have an agreement in place. At this point a final decree is submitted for a judge's signature. However, if no agreement could be made, then the divorce becomes contested and it could take many months or years for the divorce case to become final. (This happens more often when children or assets are involved).

Like a marriage, getting divorced is a life-changing event. Many lawyers will offer a free consultation, so interview several until you find one that you feel most comfortable with, who can explains your rights and act in your best interest.

DISCLAIMER: The following information is not intended as legal advice or legal representation. It is provided for informational and educational purposes only.

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