“Workaholics” star Blake Anderson’s divorce was finalized about as quickly as possible under California law. The key to getting it done so quickly? He and his former spouse Rachael Finley, who had been married since 2012, worked out the details – including co-parenting – during their separation.
One of the more common questions asked of divorce lawyers is “How long will the divorce process take?” The short answer is that it depends upon your situation.
If you and your soon-to-be ex are in agreement about the associated issues as Anderson and Finley were, your divorce can be finalized in as little as six months. If there are disagreements between both of you, it will most likely take a bit longer.
We’ll explain in this issue.
How long will it take until my divorce is final?
Six months is the minimum time frame for finalizing a divorce in California. To reach that timeframe, though, you need to have lived in California for at least six months and the county in which you’re filing for a minimum of three months.
The clock starts running on the six-month wait the moment your spouse has been served with divorce papers. Keep in mind that your spouse will have 30 days to issue a response to the divorce papers.
Even if you’ve been separated for a number of years, the six-month waiting period does not begin until you or your spouse has been formally served.
How can I speed up the my divorce process?
There’s simply no way to have a divorce finalized before the six-month waiting period has been completed. The good news, however, is that California is a “no fault” divorce state, meaning that the spouse or partner who is seeking the divorce isn’t hampered with having to prove the other spouse did something wrong.
A good strategy to employ to ensure that your case is on track to be finalized as quickly as possible is to be reasonable in your settlement offers. If you and your spouse are in agreement on the involved issues (property/asset division, child support, alimony, etc.), or even if your spouse does not respond to the divorce papers, your divorce case will be listed as an “uncontested” case, and your case will proceed in a timely manner.
If both of you cannot reach an agreement, your case will be classified as a “contested” divorce case, and the case will take a bit longer to complete as the court reaches a decision.
Another option you have is to seek bifurcation. In this process, your marital status can be finalized first and other issues (property division, child support, alimony, etc.) will be settled later.
We wrote extensively about bifurcation in a previous blog entry.
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Here at the Men’s Legal Center, our sole priority is to make sure men have the resources and representation they desperately need during the divorce process.