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How long does it take to get a divorce?

When someone living in North Carolina is considering filing for divorce, they may be wondering how long the actual legal process will take. There is no set length of time for a divorce, but it is often impacted by the court system, the involvement of friends and family and the state of the relationship between those getting divorced. Additionally, the more contentious a divorce is, the longer it is likely to be drawn out.

Some of the normal processes involved in a litigated divorce include filing for Dissolution of Marriage and waiting for an individual's spouse to be served with the document, filing motions and holding hearings for the motions and discovery, just to name a few. The more filings there are, the more paperwork and time they will take. Additionally, discovery is required when both parties in the divorce will not agree on a set of facts, which also drags out the length of the divorce process.

Once a divorce goes to trial, it usually only takes a day or two for each side to argue their case, but if there are numerous appeals, this can slow the divorce further. If there is enough strife, this process may have to start nearly from scratch.

While someone going through a divorce does not want to be taken advantage of, it is in their best interest to make the process as free of acrimony as possible. Therefore, speaking with an attorney may help individuals better understand the legal process involved with a divorce and the pros and cons of each action they take.

Source: Huffington Post, "Maintaining An Active Tempo In Your Divorce," Diane L. Danois, J.D., April 1, 2013

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