What Are The Time Frames Involved In A Divorce?

A primary concern for our divorce clients involves answering the question, "when?" When should we file? When can I finalize my divorce? There are many factors that can affect the time frame of your divorce. Assuming that there are no issues, the general time frame depends on whether or not you have minor children.

  • If you have minor children, the time that must pass from the date you file your "Complaint for Divorce" until you are legally able to hold a final hearing is 90 days. This does not mean that anything happens on the 90th day or that your case is actually ready for a final hearing at that time. This simply means that if your case is either ready for a final hearing or fully settled prior to 90 days passing, we must wait until the 90th day has passed to hold a hearing before the Court.
  • If you do not have minor children, then the time that must pass from the date you file your "Complaint for Divorce" until you are legally able to hold a final hearing is 60 days. This does not mean that anything happens on the 60th day or that your case is actually ready for a final hearing at that time. This simply means that if your case is either ready for a final hearing or fully settled prior to 60 days passing, we must wait until the 60th day has passed to hold a hearing before the Court.

Timing is an important issue in every divorce, whether it involves the length of the process or determining when you should file. Regardless of your situation, the best way to determine timing is to talk to an attorney as soon as you know that divorce is a real possibility.

At The Landers Firm, PLC, we help our clients proactively prepare for divorce. Call our office in Memphis, Tennessee, at 901-522-1010. You may also send us your information, and a lawyer will contact you.