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How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced in DuPage County?

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DuPage County divorce attorneysIf you are at the beginning of the divorce process, you may have a lot of conflicting emotions. Some people cannot wait for a final divorce decree. Others are hoping for reconciliation and do not want a divorce at all. Whatever position you are in, you may be wondering exactly how long it might take to finalize your divorce in Illinois. There is no one-size-fits-all answer here. Some spouses can reach a divorce settlement very quickly and be done with the process in a matter of weeks. Others share complex assets that must be painstakingly untangled by a court, which can drag a divorce out for years.

There are several other factors that can affect how long a divorce takes. Our attorneys can assess your situation and give you a better idea of roughly how long you should expect to be in the divorce process.

Factors Affecting the Divorce Timeline

How long your divorce may take depends entirely on your own personal and family situation. Some factors that can make the process faster or slower can include:  

  • Method of resolution - Usually, divorce litigation takes much longer than mediation or negotiation. However, the mediation process can be quite drawn out if one party repeatedly changes their mind or refuses to play along in good faith. 
  • Conflict level - If you and your spouse are still amicable and able to compromise, you may be able to resolve your divorce faster. As soon as you can come to an agreement on each issue, you can obtain a finalized divorce decree fairly quickly.
  • Reluctance - If both of you - or even just one of you - are hesitant or uncertain about getting divorced, there is some potential for slowdowns. If you both agree to pause the divorce and try to reconcile, you can do so by putting your case on the court’s reconciliation calendar. However, if one party wants the divorce and the other does not, there are tactics the reluctant party may use that can slow down the divorce without preventing it. 
  • Complexity and amount of assets - Spouses who have not been married long and share very little marital property can often resolve their divorces much faster than long-married spouses with a high net-worth and complex shared assets. 

The more issues - and the more important the issues - that you and your spouse must have resolved in some way before you can get a divorce decree, the longer your divorce is likely to take. For some, the timeline is mere months. For others, it could take years. 

Consult a DuPage County Divorce Lawyer

Botti Marinaccio, LTD. can tackle any divorce, whether our fight for you lasts a few weeks or a decade. Our seasoned Hinsdale divorce attorneys can take on even the most complex and high-conflict divorce case with confidence. Call 630-575-8585 to begin with a confidential consultation. 




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