How long does it take?


Typical time frame for absolute divorce is about 45 days from the date of service of the complaint.

Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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My wife filed for divorce in Mecklenburg County Court on August 30. I returned service to her attorney on September 1. Is there any legally stated deadlines on when the case has to be heard, are there waiting periods? Otherwise, what is the typical time frame from the filing and return of service until the divorce is final?