How long does a divorce case have to file before a divorce can be granted?
Once the divorce case is filed, there is a minimum sixty-day waiting period prior before the court has the power to grant the divorce, except in cases of family violence. But most contested cases are on file longer than sixty days, because it usually takes more than sixty days to learn what issues remain contested and what the evidence is for those issues. Also, if a trial will be necessary, the court often requires the parties to mediate the case prior to trial. Drafting and having final documents entered also will usually take awhile.