If everything has been agreed on, one of you file for divorce after the one year one day requirement and the other gets served. Usually, that spouse has 30 days to respond by signing the papers. If they do not respond a court date is scheduled for the judge to “hear” testimony, basically stating that what the papers say is true and no the requirement time is up. Normally, 30-45 days if all goes smoothly.

If both parties are in agreement on the divorce, it can be expedited, although this may result in increased attorney’s costs, just from the extra paperwork involved. This will also require both parties/attornies working together, and the final date will depend heavily on how full the court’s calendar is.

In my divorce, the complaint was filed November 13th, the divorce was obtained December 3rd. (The 1yr separation requirement had already been met long before, and a separation agreement had been signed on the 8th.)

However, my ex did file a response that not only included admitting all the allegations in my complaint, but also a waiver of notice of proceedings, a waiver of amending the answer, and a waiver of notice of summary judgement.

Once your spouse is served it takes about 45 days for the divorce to be finalized.

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I know that every court is different, but on an average, when a couple have met the one year time limit to be living separate and have agreed to a separation aggreement when the papers are filed for the divorce, how long does it usually take to be finalized?