How long will it take to get divorced?

Once the difficult decision to file for divorce has been made, the next question you are probably asking yourself is; how soon will it be over? The process of moving forward can be a difficult one, emotionally as well as legally. The answer is, like most things in life, it depends.


Here in Washington, you will have a 90 day waiting period between filing and when the judge is able to sign the decree. This is referred to as the “cooling off period” by lawmakers. This means that, at the absolute minimum, you will be waiting 3 months. Does this mean will you be done in 3 months? Again, it depends.


There are some generalities that may apply. Often the higher the degree of conflict the longer the divorce is likely to take. Is the divorce contested or uncontested? Contested will take longer. Are children involved? Longer still. Do you plan on going to trial? You could be looking at upwards of a year.


There is some good news however, a skilled advocate will be able to help reduce the level of conflict and keep the process moving smoothly. Because of lengthy wait times, alternative dispute resolution may be a fantastic resource for resolving divorce, property and custody issues in the fastest way possible. Even if all issues cannot be resolved through a settlement agreement or mediation a knowledgeable legal team will help aid you in narrowing the focus of disputes, and expediting court proceedings.


To learn more about your own particular divorce timeline or for any questions or concerns regarding your divorce process in the Greater Seattle area contact Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation. 

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