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How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in California?

When you begin the divorce process, it's common to feel anxious for it to be over as soon as possible. This feeling leads many to wonder how long does the divorce process takes? The divorce timeline depends on various factors; however, California has a strict mandatory waiting period that couples must follow before ending their marriage.

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What are the Requirements for Divorce in California?

To divorce in California, there are a few requirements the state asks for you to meet before they grant the order.

First, you or your spouse must be a resident of California for at least six months. Additionally, you or your spouse must be a resident of the county you are filing in for at least three months before applying for a divorce.

Second, you must meet the mandatory waiting period. In California, a married couple must wait for six months after serving divorce papers before the court will approve of the dissolution. The purpose of this is to allow the couple time to consider if they truly want a divorce. Once the six months are up, you can then obtain a divorce.

Other Factors That Impact the Divorce Timeline

Because of the waiting period, six months is the absolute shortest amount of time it will take to get a divorce in California. However, various other factors can come up that increase this time, including:

  • Is the divorce contested or uncontested?
  • Are the courts backlogged with other cases?
  • Has all the paperwork been filed on time?
  • Were there any errors in the paperwork?

Depending on these matters, the divorce process can last anywhere from six months to well over a year. In more complicated cases, like a contested divorce, the latter is far more common whereas the timeline for an uncontested divorce may run closer to the 6-9 month timeframe. 

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Getting a divorce is an emotional process, but you don't have to go through it alone. At The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial, our Newport Beach divorce lawyer is here to handle all of the complicated legal matters so you can focus on what's important - helping you and your family heal and move forward with your lives.

Schedule a consultation with The Law Office of Timothy M. Ghobrial by calling us today at (949) 751-1420.