How long does an uncontested divorce take?

My wife and I have been separated and living apart from each other for 3 years. We both have a significant other and want a divorce. It will not be contested and we have an agreement on the children and the financial situation. If we file, how long will the process take? Could this happen in a matter of days, weeks, or months?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under Family Law, Louisiana


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this coutnry there is what is called a "cooling off period" between the spouses who wish to dissolve their marriage after filing of the petition to dissolve their union and its answer ranging from sixty (60) days to six (6) months as in California for the marriage to be dissolved.

Typically the time period to end an uncontested divorce where the parties are in agreement is usually a couple of months after the required "cooling off period" mandated by each state as stated above. I say the answer to your question would be months.


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