Often times when people start the divorce process, they are curious as
to what kind of timeframe they are looking at. It is hard to make general
statements as each case is different, but there are a few guidelines you
Uncontested vs. Contested
Uncontested divorces typically are faster than contested divorces. In an
uncontested divorce a lawyer will draft a marital settlement agreement,
as well as any other needed paperwork. The lawyer and the individual requesting
the divorce will then review the settlement, finalize the paperwork, and
send the copy to the other party.
If the document is signed by receiving party, the law firm prepares the
final paperwork for the courts. The case then moves to a judge. There
is quick hearing where the judge looks over everything and makes the divorce
official. On average this type of divorce takes a little less than a month.
The speed of these cases depends on how fast the paperwork can be signed
Contested divorces will usually take a longer time, this is when couples
can’t come to a mutual agreement on the issues raised by the divorce.
Typically these issues include:
· Child custody
· Child support
· Division of money
In a contested divorce, both parties have to file court papers that display
what they want out of the divorce. Contested divorces have a reputation
of being heated, expensive, and drawn out, as couples continue to fight
over settlement issues. In these types of situations it is most beneficial
for couples to reach out to an experienced divorce lawyer who can speed
up the process, and save all the involved parties time and money.
If you are in need of experienced divorce counsel in the Las Vegas area,
contact the Leavitt Law Firm. The seasoned divorce lawyers can help you
through this hard process.