How Long Will My Divorce Take?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Divorces are like people…each case is different.  But I can give my clients some guidelines as to how long it will take to get a divorce, based upon the facts of the marriage and the personalities involved.

If both parties want the divorce, obviously it will go quicker than if one spouse wants it and the other does not.

If someone is motivated to cooperate, it will go quicker.  For example, if a spouse wants to remarry fairly quickly.

If both parties have been already living separate and apart, chances are the divorce will be on the fast track.

If there is nothing substantial to fight over, in terms of assets, debts or children, the divorce will be fast.

So what does this mean…normally, when a petition for dissolution of marriage is filed and served, the recipient has 20 days to respond.  He/she can respond on day 1 or day 19.  After that, financial affidavits must be filed.  That can be done also within days.  If parties cooperate, a divorce can be done in less than a month.

Other divorces are more complex, leaving the parties with minutia to fight over.  These types of litigious divorces can take as long as several years to complete.  Every step of the way may require a court hearing, in terms of motions to compel, motions for protective orders, motions to set mediations, depositions or other hearings and no one agrees to anything.

So depending upon your circumstances, divorces can be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as three years. If you are thinking about getting a divorce in Palm Beach County, talk to one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at for more information.


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