Once you have made the decision to divorce, naturally you want the divorce to be completed: in the least amount of time possible, for the lowest cost possible; and with as little stress as possible. An uncontested divorce is the best way to achieve your goals. We have set up a process to minimize the time required for an uncontested divorce in Georgia.
It is our goal to provide each client with a fast, low-cost and dignified uncontested divorce. You need an experienced Georgia divorce attorney who focuses on helping clients with obtaining an uncontested divorce.
How Long Will It Take to Complete my Uncontested Divorce?
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear about the uncontested divorce process is, “How long is this going to take?”
The time required for an uncontested divorce to be processed in Georgia varies from case to case. It depends mostly on the details of your case and how cooperative can be in reaching a full agreement and signing the necessary documents.
Of course, it also depends on the court that is considering and approving the divorce. Some courts are better staffed or equipped and can handle divorce cases faster than other. But, regardless of the which court is actually handling any uncontested divorce matter, Georgia law requires a minimum waiting period of only 31 calendar days for uncontested divorces. That 31 day waiting period does not start until the uncontested divorce case is actually filed with the Clerk of Superior Court.
Theoretically, a divorce could be final about a month after the divorce documents are filed with the court. However, in reality, divorces are almost never completed within a month. The policies of the court or problems that arise during the process can delay the divorce significantly.
Typically, from when we start an uncontested divorce until the divorce is final, is around two months. Although they were simple divorces and unusually fast, we have completed uncontested divorce cases in less than 6 weeks. But, we have also had some uncontested divorce cases that have taken over a year to complete.
Factors that Affect How Much Time will be Required for an Uncontested Divorce
First, divorce documents must be prepared, reviewed and signed by you and your spouse before the actual divorce is filed with the court. Obviously, the issues of property, debt and similar issues involved in the divorce (and how agreeable the couple is) can greatly affect how long it takes to prepare and sign a Settlement Agreement. If minor children are involved, the parties must agree to a Parenting Plan and Child Support as well. All this can take days or months — depending on your situation.
Once the 31 day waiting period for the divorce has expired, the judge may require a hearing. While many uncontested divorces do not require hearings, a judge can potentially require a hearing for any case. The hearing itself may only take an hour or less, but scheduling hearings can often take weeks or months if the court has a high caseload.
For all of the uncontested divorce cases that we handle, we make every legal effort to avoid an actual hearing. We don’t want to go to court any more than you do! But, the judge decides whether a hearing is required for any particular divorce case.
While we want to get all uncontested divorce matters completed as quickly as possible, our first responsibility to our clients is to “get it right.” We pride ourselves on high-quality work for a low flat fee on every uncontested divorce matter that we handle.
How does the time required for an uncontested divorce compare to that for a contested divorce?
No matter how long your uncontested divorce takes, it will take much longer if your divorce is contested and goes to trial.
On average, Georgia spouses who cannot agree on the terms of their divorce wait more than a year before their divorce is final and they can move on. If you and your spouse have made the decision to divorce, we can help you file your uncontested divorce with a minimum of cost, delay and stress.
We have created and fine-tuned a process to minimize the time and cost required for an uncontested divorce in 45 Georgia counties.