7 Ways to Expedite A Divorce
Filing for divorce can be time-consuming and complicated. The amount of legal paperwork you and your spouse must complete can seem endless. A divorce attorney can expedite the process by filing the paperwork in your name, setting up mediation, and go to court on your behalf. Here are 7 ways to expedite a divorce.
California is a “No-Fault” state, which means that you don’t need a reason to file for divorce. Other states may require you to have a legal reason to dissolve your marriage (e.g. adultery). If you and your spouse do not have any contested issues regarding the divorce, the process will usually close sooner. Coming to agreements on items such as child custody, visitation rights, and property rights can sometimes be resolved faster with legal help. Many states have ‘waiting periods’ of how long your divorce may take to file, or how long you must have resided in the state where you are filing. California has a six month waiting period; meaning that your divorce will be finalized six months after the date of filing. Nevada, for example, has a six week waiting period to file for divorce. For this reason, many people choose to file for divorce in Nevada if possible.
Secure all of your assets to expedite a divorce
A major role in how a divorce plays out will be how the assets are divided. With the help of a Pride Legal Divorce Attorney, you can have legal expertise on your side to legally protect your assets and business so that the court may not divide it. Protecting your assets and savings is one of the first things you should consider when filing for divorce. Once you and your attorney have secured your assets and businesses from the court, you may file for divorce. Because you will have already taken the time with your attorney to place certain assets in your name, securing your assets will speed up the divorce process. The time it takes for courts to appraise you and your spouse’s assets is time-consuming. With the help of Pride Legal’s broad spectrum of attorneys, we will be able to assist you with any of your divorce concerns.
Collaborative Divorce (if life was only so easy!)
Collaborative divorce is a process in which two teams of attorneys work side by side with their clients to ensure there is no unfairness or nastiness between the two of you. The end goal of a collaborative divorce is to make both parties happy and to ensure that both parties will not walk away feeling like the other side won more. Both you and your spouse, as well as the attorneys, will sit down to discuss dissolving the marriage. Experts can be brought in if children are involved, or if your case is very complex. In most cases, divorces will conclude after the collaborative process, but in the unlikely chance that your case furthers on, your attorney will assist you in the court process.
A contested divorce, in which one spouse disagrees to divorce, typically ends up in court. An uncontested divorce, in which both parties agree to divorce, is much less common. Uncontested divorces are settled much faster than contested divorce. A divorce becomes contested when either spouse refuses to either sign the divorce paperwork or does not agree to the terms of the divorce. If your divorce qualifies as contested, it’s in your best interest to contact a divorce attorney to help guide you through the right steps. A divorce attorney can help you negotiate divorce terms such as child custody, asset separation, and alimony payments prior to filing for divorce.
Hire a mediator to expedite a divorce
Hiring a neutral third party to help you and your spouse come to agreements can be ideal to expedite a divorce. Mediators work outside of the courtroom with both spouses to come to agreements on child visitation, custody, division of property, assets, and other legal issues.
Lawyers will prepare written briefs on behalf of each spouse prior to a scheduled mediation with everyone in attendance in order to settle. Hiring a mediator and an attorney is one of the quickest ways to file for divorce. With the use of mediation, neither you nor your spouse is likely to fight in court. Everything will be handled through mediation and attorney, once you and your spouse have come to an agreement and signed the paperwork.
Try to file in a different state
In California, the waiting period to finalize your divorce is six months. In Nevada, however, the waiting period is six weeks. Many people establish residency in Nevada and file for divorce once the waiting period is over. Nevada also has a short establishment period of only two weeks. One of our divorce attorneys can assist you in establishing out-of-state residency and filing for divorce. Nevada and California are both No-Fault states, so you don’t need to show the court a reason for why you want a divorce. However, contested divorces can last three months in Nevada.
Get all your paperwork in order before filing
One of the first steps you should take before filing for divorce is getting all your paperwork in order. Courts do not like having their time wasted and will reject any documents that are missing information or incorrect. Having all needed documents readily available, or even sent prior, will expedite a divorce process. Consult a divorce lawyer to ensure that you have filed all documents correctly, and have not signed any unfair agreements.
Hire a Divorce Attorney
Divorce isn’t ever easy. Filing paperwork, dividing assets, the entire process can be a mess. Just handling paperwork and processing it with the court is a hassle. Courts often reject paperwork if one simple detail is missing or incorrect, or if a single page is missing. Consulting a divorce attorney can make your divorce process much more simple and quick. Your lawyer will handle everything from going to court, handling paperwork, writing up your divorce agreement, and helping you throughout the process. Contact Pride Legal today for your free consultation with one of our many divorce attorneys.