How long does a contested divorce take in Washington state?
90 daysTechnically, a divorce in Washington State can be finalized 90 days after the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed and is signed by both spouses (or is signed by one spouse and served to the other spouse). However, many divorces take longer than 90 days to finalize due to a number of different factors.
How long does it take to finalize a contested divorce?
If you're not able to reach agreement after mandatory settlement conferences, then you may have to go to trial. Often times, a contested divorce will take at least a year to finalize. I've had clients which took up to seven years from start to finish (not a record you want to shoot for!).
Can an inmate contest a divorce?
During contested divorce proceedings, a judge or jury will determine the outcome of disputed issues. An imprisoned spouse may request and receive permission to attend divorce hearings. An inmate also may retain the services of an attorney for representation during a divorce.
What can I expect from a contested divorce?
With a contested divorce, spouses will have to go through numerous steps before the divorce is finalized, including: prepare, file and serve (deliver) the divorce petition (legal paperwork asking for the divorce and stating the grounds for the breakdown of the marriage) respond to the petition.