Divorce FAQ – How long will the case last?

05 October 2011 Categories: All Blogs, Family Law and Divorce

One of the questions that is almost always asked by new clients is how long will the divorce take? There is no easy answer to this question as it depends on many factors. Tennessee law has provided us the minimum amount of time that a case will take with a statute stating a divorce case on the grounds of irreconcilable differences has a waiting period of 60 days for divorces not involving children and 90 days for divorces involving children. Even if all the appropriate documents are filed and both parties agree to the divorce, you will have to wait this long for a hearing. After the waiting period has expired, a final hearing date must be obtained based on the schedule of the judge and all other parties involved. Sometimes you will have to wait a month or two before a hearing date can be obtained. If the divorce becomes contested and does not move forward under irreconcilable differences, there are many other steps that take place including discovery, mediation, other hearings, and trial. These procedures often make the case go on for more than a year, and can be much longer than that if the case is appealed.

McNulty & Associates attempts to move toward a resolution in all divorce cases as quickly as possible, while protecting our client’s interests to the fullest. We have found that it is better for all parties to come to a fair and equitable agreement so they can begin to move forward with their lives. If you would like to set up a free consultation regarding a divorce case, contact us today.

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