Divorce is not something that happens overnight. It will usually take months, and some reports have put the average at around a year. This can feel like an incredibly long time to someone who has already decided that they are no longer romantically involved with their partner and who simply wants to be released from that marital relationship.
If that’s what your goal is, there are some things you can do to make this process go faster. Nothing is going to make a divorce instantaneous, but there are steps you can take.
An uncontested divorce
First of all, an uncontested divorce is generally going to be much faster than a contested divorce because the court doesn’t have to work out all of the details for you. When couples disagree over how much time they’ll get to spend with the children or how to divide their assets, the court can find solutions, but it may take extra months for them to do so.
If your spouse is the one who filed for divorce, respond to that petition quickly. You don’t necessarily have to sign the papers right away, but failing to do so will cause the case to stagnate until you either sign or reach the deadline.
Perhaps the biggest thing that makes a divorce go quickly is when people are able to cooperate. Try to keep emotions out of it. Don’t take things personally. Just think about the realistic goals that you need to accomplish and work towards doing that. This can certainly be difficult, but it will make the divorce faster.
As you move forward with this process, be sure you know exactly what legal steps to take.