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Are you worried about your patience when it comes to divorce?
You may be someone who did not get an excessive amount of patience when it came to personality traits. You do your best to be patient with others, but when you see something that needs to be done or when you want something to move forward, you find yourself getting frustrated and antsy when you have to wait.
You may feel particularly antsy now because you and your spouse have decided to file for divorce. Though you agree that ending the marriage is for the best, you do not see any reason to linger in a relationship that no longer makes you happy. As a result, you want your divorce process to move forward as quickly as possible.
How long can it take?
Though you want your divorce to go quickly, you may want to start practicing patience now. A number of details could affect the amount of time it takes for your case to come to completion. In some aspects, you may be able to help your case move forward, but when it comes to other details, you may have little to no control over how long they take. Some time-consuming matters to prepare for include the following:
- Child custody proceedings: If you have young kids, your case will take longer than a couple who never had children or whose children are adults.
- State laws: In Georgia, it can take months to several years for a divorce case to come to an end, and it depends on the circumstances of each case.
- Drawing up documents: Your attorney may need to draw up a number of documents during your case, and because he or she likely has other clients at the same time, it could take weeks to get the documents you need.
- Disagreements: If you and your spouse cannot compromise or come to any agreements about the divorce terms, expect your case to take a while.
- Judgments and orders: The judge involved in your case will have to go over your paperwork and approve or deny any petitions. Again, because judges have a lot to do, your paperwork could take months to finalize.
You may already feel the little patience you have waning, but it is better to prepare for a lengthy divorce than to allow it to cause you additional stress and frustration. Still, if you have concerns about the length of your case, you may want to speak with a family law attorney about how you can speed up your process.