Can a divorce be granted without a settlement agreement?
Separated parties can have a property settlement without getting divorced and parties seeking to divorce do not necessarily have to have a property settlement. However, once the divorce is granted a party has 12 months to commence proceedings in the Court for property settlement.
How long does a divorce take start to finish?
Assuming the divorce petition was filed correctly, if a divorce is uncontested then in some states it can be finalized in as little as 60 days. Other states have a cooling off period which means a divorce could still take six months or longer. Once papers are filed, a spouse must be served with a copy of the complaint.
Is there a way to force a divorce?
Typically, if you and your spouse have reached a divorce settlement agreement on all of your issues, you can bring your agreement and any necessary divorce paperwork to court, where a judge will review it, issue orders based on that agreement, and grant you a divorce.