There are minimum timelines that are required by law. In Michigan, a divorce can be granted in as little as 60 days if there are no children involved. If minor children are involved, there is a statutory six-month waiting period before the divorce can be granted. The six-month waiting period usually helps ensure the parties have carefully thought out all issues and have ruled out reconciliation. Some judges will be willing to waive the waiting period if the parties have resolved all issues. 

Does a Divorce in Michigan Really Take 60 Days?

In practice, divorces can take longer, depending on the complexities of the case and the civility of the parties. Most divorces end in settlement, which means the parties have to come together and agree on how to resolve the case. The parties are the driving force behind the divorce: if they can agree on how to resolve the case, the divorce can be completed fairly quickly; if they cannot agree, the case will be dragged out. 

Then, How Long Does a Divorce Take?

Every case is unique, which means it is difficult to pinpoint how long a divorce will take. The issues that must typically be determined in a divorce are child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal support and property settlement. There will be a variety of court intervention to assist the parties in resolving these issues, such as friend of the court interviews and recommendations, motions, settlement conferences, status conferences, mediation, arbitration, etc. If the parties cannot resolve these issues, they will go to trial, where the Judge will determine the outstanding issues. 

To get a better idea of how long your divorce will likely take, you will want to speak to a divorce attorney about your particular situation and facts. While an attorney cannot give you a guaranteed timeline of events, s/he can at least tell you what you can expect given your set of facts. 

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