What is the fastest way to finish or complete a divorce case? 61 Answers as of June 29, 2013

What is the fastest way to finish or complete a divorce case?

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Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
Have both parties- husband and wife, reach and agreement on all issues, property division, child support and child custody and visitation.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 6/20/2012
Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc
Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc | Lynda Leblanc
Indiana has a 60 day waiting period, which means that no final order can be entered by the court until the 61st day after the dissolution was filed. The fastest way to get a divorce done is to have an agreement in place and in writing and ready to be filed on that 61st day. Absent an agreement, then you just try to get a hearing date as soon as possible, however, that process differs from courtroom to courtroom, even within the same county.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 6/18/2012
Kenneth A. Friedman, P.A.
Kenneth A. Friedman, P.A. | Kenneth A. Friedman
The fastest way to complete a divorce case is to file it as an uncontested divorce. If there are no children, and no support or property issues, the pleadings can be filed together and an uncontested final hearing set very quickly. If there are any children or property issues to be resolved, an agreement and supporting documentation can also be done very quickly and filed at the beginning to result in an uncontested final hearing very quickly. I often complete these kind of cases in 3 weeks.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/18/2012
John Russo | John Russo
Agree on everything, that includes the kids.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 5/29/2013
Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C. | Darrell B. Reynolds
Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, there may not be a fast way to handle the matter. That is usually totally left up to the parties. The action must have been filed for more than 31 days before a final order may be entered.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/15/2012
    Law Offices of Pamela R. Lawson | Pamela R. Lawson, Esq.
    The fastest way to be divorced is for you and your spouse to agree and everything; no issues - quick divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    For the parties to reach a full and complete agreement as to all of the divorce issues: property, debts, retirement benefits, custody, child support, parenting time, spousal support, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Mike Yeksavich | Mike Yeksavich
    You should come to an agreement.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    Each divorce case is unique. There is a two month statutory wait for the divorce without children and six month wait for a divorce with children.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Law Office of Christine A. Gara | Christine A. Gara
    The fastest way to finish or complete a divorce is to reach an agreement on the division of property and custody with you spouse so a consent Judgment can be entered. This avoids the time and cost for mediation, arbitration, or trial.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Palomino Law Firm, P.C.
    Palomino Law Firm, P.C. | Debra Palomino
    Wait the 60 days and submit a Consent Decree to the Judge.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
    Maybe the best answer to this question is that the parties agree to all of the terms of the divorce (i.e., child custody, support and property distribution). This way the parties can prepare a joint petition with a proposed decree of divorce. This process can take 3 days to 2 weeks to complete once the parties have signed all of the papers. This office handles uncontested divorces if that is something you want to do. Otherwise, a contested divorce has no time table for completion.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    No special way. Some courts are faster than others. Your attorney will know which county to file in. You can file in any county.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Lombardi Law LLC
    Lombardi Law LLC | SUZANNE LOMBARDI
    In Alaska the fastest way to finish or complete a divorce case is to do a dissolution. This is a divorce that the parties do themselves with forms from the court. The dissolution depends on the parties reaching an agreement. After the papers are filed the wait is 30 days. There is also the option of using an attorney and filing an "Uncontested Divorce." It would be the same idea, the parties would have to agree but sometimes the divorce can be granted sooner than 30 days.
    Answer Applies to: Alaska
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Stuart Jon Bierman  Attorney at Law
    Stuart Jon Bierman Attorney at Law | Stuart Jon Bierman
    In general, the fastest way would be for you and your soon-to-be ex spouse to reach a comprehensive agreement on all of the issues (which is not always fast or easy if there are factors such as children or real estate involved) and then the court can be requested to schedule a hearing at the earliest available date to put thru an uncontested case.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    The fastest way to complete a dissolution is for the parties to agree on how everything should be split up, have the agreement reduced to writing and then prepare all of the necessary disclosure and Judgment paperwork. You should consult a family law attorney or facilitator for assistance in preparing the right forms.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    Assuming both parties have exchanged their preliminary disclosures (per CA Family Code section 2104): 1. reach an agreement with the other side on all issues; 2. draft a Marital Settlement Agreement containing the terms to such agreements; and 3. file the MSA and all final paperwork with the court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    It depends on what is involved...Are there children involved, do you have any marital property, marital debt.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    Agree on everthing.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Varadi, Hair & Checki, LLC
    Varadi, Hair & Checki, LLC | Galen M. Hair
    The answer in Louisiana varies depending on the type of divorce you are getting. Simply put, it is "fastest" to get a divorce if you do not have any children and you have already been apart for 6 months. But, there is not a lot of flexibility in terms of how quickly your divorce is finalized. The best way to ascertain how soon you can get a divorce is to consult an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    The Law Offices of Aubrey Harry Ducker Jr. PLC | Aubrey Harry Ducker, Jr.
    Negotiate a Marital Settlement Agreement. File the Signed agreement with the court and schedule a Final Judgment.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    Generally, you have to live seperate and apart continuously and without reconciliation for 6 months if no children were born or adopted during the marriage and 12 months if you have a child. There are some exceptions. Each court has its own rules and procedures. I suggest you retain an attorney who has experience with handling divorces for the particular court in which you will file your petition for divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Law Office of Jonathan B. Eadie, PLLC
    Law Office of Jonathan B. Eadie, PLLC | Jonathan B. Eadie
    The fastest way to complete a Divorce is to come to a complete full and final settlement. In Michigan there is a 60 day waiting period for a Divorce without children, and a 6 month waiting period with minor children. Once the time period has passed and if you have a full and final settlement, you can call the court for a date to have the Divorce entered. Depending on the judge and the court it may be possible to shorten the waiting period if it is in the best interest of the family.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    If the parties are able to reach an agreement on all issues, the divorce papers and agreement may be submitted to the court for review. If there are no children, a divorce decree may be entered administratively without a hearing. If there are children, a hearing is required.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Steven Harrell, Attorney at Law | Waymon Steven Harrell
    Mediate the case and settle it.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    Usually, a dissolution of marriage is fastest. Parties agree on a separation agreement and a parenting plan if there are children, and appear in coourt 45 days after filing the complaint.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Ryan Berman, Esq | Ryan Berman
    The fastest way to resolving a divorce action is usually through a consent judgment, where both parties agree to the terms of divorce, and then sign and file it.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
    agree 100% on everything. property split, child custody issues, etc. then wait.. Michigan law requires 60 day waiting period for divorce without minor children and 180 days for divorce with minor children.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    The fastest way to finish or complete a divorce case is to get everything agreed to in a written document, usually at what we call a mediation. Settlement or trial are the two options in every divorce case. Trial takes a long time, settlement can be quick.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Donaldson Stewart, PC
    Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
    I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to, since Arizona has a minimum 60-day cooling off period (60 days must pass between the service of the Petition for Dissolution and the submission of settlement paperwork to the court). Certainly, if the parties can reach full agreements on the issues in their divorce and submit the proper paperwork to the court, the case will be completed much sooner than if any issues are in dispute. If I have misunderstood your question or if you need more information, I recommend you speak with an attorney who can help you determine your best course of action.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    If the other person will sign a stipulated judgment. If not, then set a request for a trial date.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Vargas Law Office LLC | Ronnie Ismael Vargas
    For you and your spouse to agree to everything as it pertains to the divorce. If you have an agreement on ie. property division, child support, marital property division, you'll get divorced quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Attorney at Law | John P. Rivers
    The fastest way to complete a divorce case is to listen closely to your lawyer, cooperate willingly when he asks you to do something or provide information, and follow his advice.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins | Dave Hawkins
    By agreement. If you agree on every term in the decree of Dissolution and PP and order of Child support if there are kids, the divorce can be finalized 91 days after the date filing.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Offices of Jerome M. Applebaum | Jerome M. Applebaum
    There is no "fastest" way. The minimum time is six (6) months from the date the respondent is served, presuming it is personal service or Notice & Acknowledgment service. However, EVERY THING that must be resolved, e.g., property disposition, determining community -vs- separate property, temporary & premanent child and/or spousal support issues, pensions, child custody & visitation, attorney's fees, court costs, ownership or other interests in businesses, full disclosure of all assets and all debts of each party, earnings ability, medical & other healthcare issues, reimbursements to separate and community property interests, tracing of monetary sources, travel with the minor children,etc., usually takes more time than just six months. Temporary orders are usally in effect first, and although the status of the marriage can legally be terminated after six months, the courts will almost never do that unless all of the major issues have been resolved. - - Best Advice: Prepare the Schedule of Assets and Debts in detail (they are Judicial Council forms), have brain-storming sessions concerning custody, visitation,support, real property and personal property disposition proposals, and don't try hiding any property or income; also don't be blatantly vindictive, don't show anger, always be civil & courteous in your pleadings and in your court appearances, and don't abuse the legal; process just to get even with your almost-former spouse/domestic partner. And get competent legal counsel as opposed to some redneck or arrogant & condecending attorney who wants just show you how tough or smart they are and how hard they are allegedly "fighting for you." In otherwords, be smart and it will go faster.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    The Law Office of Erin Farley
    The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
    Your best and most efficient way to complete a dissolution is to come to an agreement. Have an attorney write up your agreement and get a judgment in as quickly as possible.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    There is no "fast" - each case is unique and time is required to address and resolve each issue.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    That depends upon what the status of the case is.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Zwiebel
    By agreement. If you & your spouse are in agreement on every issue you can sign papers and be divorced in 30-45 days.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    A simple divorce can be completed in 90-120 days, depending on the judge's promptness, if the divorce is a simple one where everyone agrees about everything. Getting along is the key to getting divorced quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Offices of Dan Peelman | Dan Peelman
    If both parties agree on all of the issues, an uncontested dissolution of marriage can be filed very quickly with the court. However, the parties cannot be legally divorce until six months after the Petition is served on the opposing party.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    Contact the clerk and ask the case be put on the uncontested calendar.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Samwel Cousineau &Shea, PC
    Samwel Cousineau &Shea, PC | Kirsten A. Samwel
    It would depend on where you are in the case. The fastest would be to come to an agreement with your spouse, write up final paperwork that includes that agreement, and file it with the Court. If you cannot come to an agreement, then a document called a Notice to Set for Trial should be filed, and that will cause the Court to set a Court date to finish it up.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Offices of F. Richard Ricketts, PLLC
    Law Offices of F. Richard Ricketts, PLLC | F. Richard Ricketts
    There is no quick or expedited way to complete a divorce filed in Washington. The statute requires a 90 day waiting period that starts when the respondent is served. Given this requirement, 90 days is the quickest that a divorce can be processed, from start to finish. The key is that both parties have to agree and prepare all of the initial documentation before filing, and then coordinate the final documents being presented in accordance with the local court rules when 90 days have elapsed.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Jane Phillipson Wilson, Attorney at Law
    Jane Phillipson Wilson, Attorney at Law | Jane Phillipson Wilson
    It depends on the stage of the proceedings and other factors. Mediation helps in many cases.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    441 Legal Group, Inc.
    441 Legal Group, Inc. | Gareth H. Bullock
    If the issues are simple and you and your spouse agree on everything that's the fastest way to have the divorce completed.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Peyton and Associates | Barbara Peyton
    It depends on how far along the case is. If the other side has not responded to the Petition, file a request to enter default and then submit judgment documents.. If the other side has responded but things have come to a halt, file a memo to set the case for trial. A mandatory settlement conference will be scheduled and if the case doesn't settle, the court will set a trial date at which the judge will make decisions on all issues.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Retaining legal counsel is the single most important thing.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Bruce Plesser | Bruce Plesser
    Agreement with spouse.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy
    Law Office of Cassandra Savoy | Cassandra Savoy
    If I were in a hurry to get a divorce, I would work with a good mediator or attorney committed to the collaborative process. These divorces are a lot less stressful and the parties can come to terms quickly if that is what they want to do.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    That depends upon the circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/14/2012
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