How Long Will An Uncontested Divorce Take?

Posted on January 27, 2017

An uncontested divorce can save a separating couple a lot of time and money. But in order for a divorce to be uncontested, the couple must agree on big issues such as property division, child custody and support. Uncontested divorces move so quickly because the couple is able to bypass turning over their financial information to one another as well as other time consuming paperwork required in a contested divorce.  

Timeframe of an Uncontested Divorce

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An uncontested divorce can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 18 months. It all depends on how long it takes for the following steps to be completed:

  • The first step to getting an uncontested divorce is to draft a divorce settlement that both spouses agree on. This document must divide all of the couple’s assets, property and debt, as well as child support and child custody arrangements.
  • Then the couple must file a Complaint for Divorce with the court in their county or state.
  • The complaint will then be served to the non-filling spouse and they will be given 35 days to respond.
  • If there are no objections, a no-contest divorce will be scheduled where the judgment of divorce will be granted.

Requirements for an Uncontested Divorce

Although an uncontested divorce is the simplest way to handle a separation, there are several requirements apart from agreeing that must be met in order to get one. Uncontested divorce is usually available to couples who have no remaining disputes on common divorce issues. Just like a contested divorce, an uncontested divorce begins once one party files. 

Before filing for an uncontested divorce, the following requires must be met:

  • The couple must both agree that they want to end the marriage and want an uncontested divorce
  • The couple must agree on a child custody and child support plan
  • The spouses must agree on the division of their property and debts
  • Neither spouse can be seeking alimony