Average Divorce Timeline
Are you seeking divorce and wondering how long the entire process will take? Here is some important information on the average divorce timeline in New Jersey. Contact the Freeman Law Center, LLC today to arrange a free case review with our trusted divorce attorneys.
Average Divorce Timeline | How Long Will It Take?
Divorces in New Jersey are a creature of the particular circumstances relating to the parties, and the time frames can vary. Over the years, I’ve had divorce cases where clients have been divorced in as little as 30 days. I’ve also seen cases where the divorce isn’t finalized for 1.5 years or longer. Every divorce is different, and every factual situation determines how quickly a divorce can be finalized. If there are a lot of assets involved and the parties can’t come to an agreement, then the divorce is typically going to take much longer. However, if there are no assets, or if there are large assets but the parties are in complete agreement, that divorce is going to be much faster — and much less expensive.
Average Divorce Timeline | Uncontested Divorce
The time period for an uncontested divorce — one in which the parties readily agree on the terms of the divorce — can be as short as a month. Generally, these are instances in which there are no issues with children, either because there are no children or the parties have agreed on all issues concerning the amount of child support, custody of the children, and the non-custodial parent’s parenting time. When there are no unresolved issues between the parties, divorces can generally take a month to six weeks at the longest.
Average Divorce Timeline | Cost of a Divorce
The cost of divorce in New Jersey varies, so it is almost impossible to provide an exact price, unless the divorce is uncontested and there are no assets, no children, and no issues. A divorce with high assets, home ownership, and children doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive if the parties can come to an agreement in the beginning stages, or even before they get divorced.
The cost of an uncontested divorce in New Jersey will typically start around $1,500, plus the filing fee. If the divorce is contested and there are issues such as custody, child support, and high assets, the initial retainer could range from $3,500 to $5,000 (or more), depending on the particular circumstances.
Are you considering a divorce but are unsure of the average divorce timeline? Contact dedicated New Jersey divorce attorney Brian Freeman for experienced counsel.