If a divorce is contested, it is almost certain that it will take longer. In Baltimore County, contesting a divorce can add 8-12 months to the process – not including the required year-long cooldown period.
First, you’ll need to wait for a scheduled court appearance. Getting a court date can take up to several months, depending on the jurisdiction. (And, best of luck with that in the current Covid-19 court world, especially without a lawyer fighting for your filing!)
Once in court, documenting and verifying marriage facts and assets adds on more time. Longer marriages, or those with more assets, will take longer to process. Marriages that last twenty years will naturally have more items to review and more decisions to be made, than those that only lasted for two.
At-Fault Divorces Take More Time
A fault-based divorce will add on extra time, since guilt must be proven in court.
For instance, one party proving adultery will take more evidence, more time in court, and a more comprehensive case. Because individuals are innocent until proven guilty, one party may need a large amount of evidence to prove the guilt of their spouse.
In a similar situation, if one former spouse doesn’t want a divorce at all, then that process will take the longest of all. They can delay documents, overwhelm attorney offices with expensive evidence piles for the divorcing spouse, and even make scheduling meetings difficult.
Not going before a judge does not mean you have to face divorce alone, though.
Even in uncontested divorces, divorce attorneys help their client find the best solution for their specific situation. Attorneys guide clients through uncontested divorces by communicating with the other party and the court to advocate for solutions that are fair for you and your family.
Skip the 12-month Cooldown Requirement for Maryland Divorces
Many couples decide on a prenuptial agreement before getting married. Deciding how assets and support will be divided and distributed means fewer days spent in post-nuptial divorce proceedings.
A prenuptial agreement allows a couple to negotiate a possible separation before the stress of a divorce. A couple can see a prenuptial agreement as an act of transparency from each party, working together to decide on a fair outcome for both individuals.
(Already married? It isn’t too late to enter into an agreement like a prenuptial – it's just called a postnuptial, instead.)
How Can Divorce Attorneys Can Speed Up Divorces?
By learning about your specific circumstances, a local divorce attorney can offer exact instructions on how to quickly divorce an ex-spouse while avoiding legal minefields you never would have seen coming.
For contested divorces, a retained divorce attorney acts as your legal defender and ally in the system against your ex-spouse.
Even people not looking to get a divorce can find a divorce attorney helpful. For example, prenuptial agreements offer a time of honesty between potential spouses before marriage. Attorneys help individuals find fairness and balance in their relationships through this type of legal agreement, which will offer stability and certainty in the case of an unknown future.