It mostly depends on YOU!
The timeline of each divorce is as unique as the people and situations involved. But the question is common: how long will it take for my Memphis uncontested divorce?
Once you have met with and retained an attorney, a lot of the timeline control will lay in your hands. The attorney’s ability to draft your divorce paperwork will depend on the speed with which you get them the necessary information. How you get that information to them can be key, too – it is often easiest to gather all applicable information at once to submit to your attorney, rather than calling or emailing repeatedly with tidbits of information here and there.
Once they have all of your information, your attorney will draft your divorce documents (see our Resource Center for examples of these) and give them a review. This can take a few days to do properly, depending on the attorney’s caseload or court schedule at the time. The papers next get your review and stamp of approval, which again is on your schedule. When the paperwork is approved, then it gets mailed to the opposing party for their signatures – while we include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for ease of return, this section can take some time as well (factor in postal service timing in addition to the other party’s ability to sign in the presence of a notary public).
When the paperwork returns to the attorney’s office you are contacted to come in to sign. When all signatures are in order and all payments have been made for filing fees, the documents will get filed. This can take a few days, depending on the attorney’s schedule or proximity to the courthouse. It is at this time only that a concrete timeline begins: in Shelby County, TN, there is a 60-day waiting period for divorces without children and a 90-day waiting period for divorces with children, while in DeSoto County, MS, there is a 60-day waiting period for divorces based upon the grounds of irreconcilable differences. At the end of that waiting period, your attorney will contact the courts to determine or request a final hearing date. That date can be anywhere from within the same week to several weeks out, depending on your, the court’s, and your attorney’s schedules. At the time of the final hearing’s conclusion, your divorce is final.
All in all, your divorce can range anywhere from two and a half months to a year or more, depending on your ability to fulfill your attorney’s requests for information and documentation quickly, schedule time to sign paperwork, and how you choose to communicate all of that information.