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How long does the divorce process take in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Divorce |

Deciding to end your marriage often is difficult. You may have wavered for months, even years, before you finally filed for divorce. Now, your life is a bit in limbo. You wonder how long it will take to have your divorce finalized, so you can move forward.

Factors in finalizing a divorce

In Georgia, how long it takes to finalize a divorce depends on several factors. First, in Georgia, you and your spouse need to be separated before you file for divorce. However, you don’t need to seek legal separation. One of you can move into a spare bedroom of your home with intention to file in 30 days.

If you and your spouse want to divorce amicably and quickly, you might seek an uncontested divorce or divorce mediation. With either of these, you can streamline the divorce process by avoiding fighting in court over:

  • dividing your assets
  • establishing a child custody and child support agreement
  • establishing any spousal support

You may be able to resolve your uncontested divorce within 45 days. Or if you seek divorce mediation, you could complete that process within a couple of months.

However, if you and your spouse conflict over dividing your assets and can’t come to a child custody agreement, your divorce could take years to finalize. You could spend lots of extra time and money fighting in court over your divorce settlement.

Saving time and money in divorce

Couples often seek an uncontested divorce or divorce mediation if they want to save time and money finalizing their divorce. With divorce mediation, couples can resolve their divorce without going to court. They also have more control of the final divorce settlement, not leaving a judge to decide the matter.

If they have children, couples who seek an uncontested divorce or divorce mediation may want to establish an effective co-parenting relationship and avoid putting their children at the center of their divorce. So, committing to resolving your divorce amicably can not only save you time and money, but help make your divorce easier on your children too.

It’s important to remember that if you can work with your spouse to resolve your divorce, you can finalize your divorce more quickly and avoid a long, costly divorce process.