Going through a divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, and the timeline of the proceedings can add to the stress. If you're considering a divorce in Oklahoma, it's important to understand the timeline and what factors can impact how long the process takes. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
Before you can file for divorce in Oklahoma, you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six months. If you haven't met this requirement, you'll need to wait until you do before you can move forward with the divorce.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
The timeline of your divorce will depend largely on whether it is contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce, where both parties agree on all issues, can be finalized in as little as a few weeks. A contested divorce, on the other hand, can take much longer. If you and your spouse can't agree on issues like property division, child custody, or spousal support, the case may need to go to trial, which can add months or more to the timeline.
Mandatory Waiting Period
Even in an uncontested divorce, there is a mandatory waiting period of 90 days after the filing of the petition before the divorce can be finalized. This waiting period is designed to give both parties time to consider their decision and make sure they are certain about moving forward with the divorce. This waiting period can be waived, but it's something you should talk with your attorney about.
Mediation and Settlement
If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement on the key issues in your divorce, you may be able to avoid a trial altogether. Mediation can be a useful tool in this process, as it allows both parties to work with a neutral third party to negotiate a settlement. If you're able to reach a settlement, the divorce can be finalized much more quickly than if the case needs to go to trial.
The Complexity of the Case
Finally, the complexity of your case can impact the timeline of your divorce. If there are complex financial issues or disputes over child custody, for example, the case may take longer to resolve. It's important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate these issues and ensure that your case is resolved as efficiently as possible.
At Simmons & Associates, we understand that every divorce is unique, and we're here to help you navigate the process from start to finish. Whether you're facing a contested or uncontested divorce, our team of experienced attorneys can provide the guidance and support you need to protect your rights and interests.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time.