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Factors that Affect the Length of Your Divorce Process

One of the most common questions people have for their attorneys when they begin the divorce process is how long they can expect that process to answer. There is no easy answer here, as it very much depends on the factors at play in your case.

Here are just a few examples of some of the factors most likely to affect the length of your divorce process.

  • Conflict: If you have a particularly contentious relationship with your spouse, this could result in a longer divorce process. The reason for this is that people in extremely contentious relationships generally have a harder time with mediation or with agreeing on just about anything. The less a couple is willing to “play ball,” so to speak, the more difficult it becomes to get through a divorce without going to trial. And once you’re in a trial setting, the divorce could stretch on for months longer than it otherwise would.
  • Complexity: The complexity of your assets or your case could influence how long it takes to resolve it. For example, if you have a larger number of high-value assets, some particularly complicated accounts or own a business or business interests, these are all some complicating factors that by their very nature may result in it taking longer to get through the divorce.
  • Laws: Sometimes, state laws can result in a divorce taking longer than the couple would otherwise like. Issues such as residency requirements or mandatory separation periods can increase the length of the divorce process.

For more information about some of the factors that could impact how long it takes for you to get through your divorce, contact a knowledgeable Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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