Asked in Divorce for Missouri

Q: How long will a divorce last, start to finish, before its finalized?

I'm asking on behalf of my boyfriend, who is unfortunately still married to his ex. They have been separated for going on 4 years now and he and I are wanting to get married and this is preventing that.

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Christopher Fink

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  • Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: If the parties agree on how to divide all of their assets and debts as well as all other issues, such as parenting time and child support then it would be relatively quick. Assuming complete cooperation by both parties a divorce can be finalized within 6-8 weeks. However, if there is even one issue, such as child support, then it could last many months.

Lydia Seifner

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  • Springfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: The speed of a divorce depends on how cooperative the parties are with each other. If they are both on the same page regarding how to separate property and custody, then a divorce can be resolved in a little over a month. If however, the parties are fighting about the issues, then a typical case will take about a year, depending on the when your jurisdiction can provide a court date for trial. Have your boyfriend speak to an attorney in his area about assisting him.

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