Unfortunately divorce is not always a quick process. That being said, there are steps that can be taken to speed up litigation, so that you will be divorced sooner rather than later. In Missouri, there is a 30 day waiting period after a dissolution of marriage case is filed before a Judge can sign off on the divorce. This means that in St. Louis, even if the parties are on the same page, they are looking at a 40-60 day timeline at best until everything is finalized.
How Can I Speed Up My Divorce?
There are a number of things that can help get the ball rolling.
- Ask the other party to waive service and then you do not need to wait for a summons from the Court to get the other side served.
- Request that your lawyer get the soonest possible Court date for your first settlement conference.
- Provide documents to your attorney in a timely manner.
- And most importantly, be reasonable with settlement negotiations.
While the timeline of your divorce will not be completely within your control, you can be a contributing factor. The sooner things are wrapped up, the sooner you will be moving on with your life, done paying legal fees, and finally divorced.