How do I get a quick divorce? 22 Answers as of July 12, 2013

I want my divorce to be over as quickly as possible and put this all behind me. What is the fastest way to do this?

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Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
Divorce by agreement. We charge $500, and there is an additional court and commissioner fee of $183. Call us if we can help. We can usually get the documents ready for filing in less than a week, depending on the communication between the parties. There is a statute that requires the court to wait 30 days before signing the order, and then you are divorced, typically a day or two after that. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/24/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
Move to Nevada and fulfill its six-week residency requirement to file for a Dissolution of your Marriage.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
File a petition and other required forms, have your spouse served, wait 90 days. If an agreed divorce, the divorce can be final on the 91st day after filing/service.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/20/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
If both parties agree to it, a divorce doesn't have to take long. I've done a full divorce in a matter of a day or two. I've had others that lasted years. It's all up to the parties and whether they agree on whatever needs to be divided and child custody, support and visitation. Consult with a local matrimonial lawyer. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/17/2011
Cody and Gonillo, LLP
Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
File as soon as possible.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 6/16/2011
    Seattle Divorce Services
    Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
    Under Washington law there is a minimum 90 day waiting period to finalize a divorce. If the two of you can come to an agreement in that time and have the final papers prepared, then you can have it over in 90 days. However, if you not able to come to agreement, you will need to wait for trial. The time to trial varies from county to county, so consult with an attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/16/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    The simple answer is for you to try to work out all property and debt issues, and all other matters, while also retaining a divorce attorney to help you try to accomplish, if possible, an uncontested divorce. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/16/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    The fastest divorce is usually the one where there is no argument or disagreement and both sides are committed to getting everything done as quickly as possible. Whether that is possible depends on the people involved and what kinds of things need to be worked out.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/16/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    You just have to start it as soon as possible. Normally, if the other spouse will agree to the divorce that is the fastest way to get it done. So, speak with your spouse to see if you can do an uncontested divorce.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/16/2011
    Pontrello Law
    Pontrello Law | William Pontrello
    Self help program at the clerk's office.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    Assuming you and your spouse can agree to everything, hire a single lawyer that will draft the documents, handle everything except the final hearing in the office. Cost can be split between the two of you or paid by one, does not matter. It takes a minimum of 60 days to divorce, with one exception - if there is spousal abuse, and you are the victim, the law will not force you to stay in the relationship for the 60 days, you can get a waiver.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    By law, no one in the state of Washington can get divorced in less than 90 days from the time of filing and service. So, it is going to take at least that long. Your best bet for doing the divorce as quickly as possible is to work out an agreement between you and your spouse on all issues. Then, either prepare a full set of divorce papers yourself, or have an attorney do it for you, based upon that agreement. You would both have to sign all of the documents to make in an agreed or a joint divorce. The initial pleadings get filed with the court. Then, you wait out the 90 days. After the 90 days, one of you has to go to court to have the final pleadings entered. Then the case is done.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    Quick isn't always best. But the fastest way is to employ a mediator to resolve all issues and then to work with an attorney for an uncontested divorce. At least that is the case in Ohio and Michigan. Contact a local domestic relations attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    A lot depends on the law of the state that you live in. Do you live in New Jersey? Or does the other person live in New Jersey?
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/12/2013
    Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
    Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
    The fastest way to do it is to try to come to an agreement with your spouse prior to filing the divorce. If you have a full agreement, you can usually get a divorce finalized within a few weeks, depending on the court's ability to schedule a short final hearing quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Theiler & Mourtos Attorneys at Law
    Theiler & Mourtos Attorneys at Law | Devan J. Theiler, Esq.
    The fastest way to resolve your divorce is to settle all of this issues amicably with your spouse. This can be accomplished in negotiations between the two of you directly, negotiations between your attorneys and/or with the services of a mediator. However, an agreement, of course, requires both parties willingness to settle the matter quickly and amicably. If the issues are going to be litigated, another faster but far less common option is arbitration, which can be either binding or non-binding. Depending on the backlog in the Courts in your area, this process could get the matter "tried" and resolved much faster. There are significant pros and cons to all of the above options. I recommend that you speak with an attorney in your area about your options.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
    By having agreement on all issues!. There is a waiting period of 3 months so you can't get it done any quicker than about 4 months start to finish.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    The quickest type of divorce, if you qualify is a "summary dissolution." You can find a lot of info here: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/family/divorce/summary.htm After reading, you will see that 8 factors need to exist to qualify for a summary dissolution: 1. married for less than 5 yrs 2. no children together 3. don't own any real estate 4. no more than $6,000 in community debt 5. no more than $38,000 in community property 6. neither party has more than $38,000 in separate property 7. both agree that neither party will ever get spousal support (alimony) 8. both agree how to divide all property and debts If you don't qualify for a summary dissolution, then the fastest way to get a divorce is by reaching agreements with your spouse. Mediation is often the best method to reach agreements quickly. You can find more info about mediation here: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/divorce-mediation Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    Come to an agreement with your spouse on all issues. The court cannot sign the final paperwork until 91 days after you have started your divorce, so get it started.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell | Richard B. Kell
    The fastest way to get a divorce is for you and your spouse to agree to proceed with an uncontested divorce. You will need to have an attorney draft a Separation Agreement for the both of you to sign (notarized) in order to file with a Joint Petition for Divorce. This process still takes about 4 months after filing. However, it is also much cheaper and less time-consuming. Contested divorces can take well over a year and cost a lot more.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    Come to a settlement with the other side. If you are in my area and are looking for an attorney, please contact me for a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/15/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Reach an agreement with your spouse. Uncontested cases are far faster than contested ones.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/15/2011
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