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Charusheela J. Nalhe
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There are several factors that may affect the amount of time needed to get a divorce. Some of these are legal requirements, which vary by state.
Residency requirements: this is the length of time one or both parties must be a resident of the state. Residency requirements range from no time at all to one year.
Separation requirements: In many states, you and your spouse must be living separately for a certain length of time before you may obtain a divorce. Separation requirements range from none at all to three years.
Waiting periods: Some states require that a certain amount of time passes between filing for divorce and either scheduling a court hearing or entering a final judgment. Waiting periods range from none to 90 days.
Other requirements: Some states may require mediation of issues in dispute, marriage counseling, or a parent education class relating to how divorce affects children. In addition to legal requirements, there are also other factors that may affect the amount of time it takes, such as how long it takes to have your spouse served with divorce papers, the extent to which your case is contested, and the court’s docket backlog.