Divorce is complicated, no matter how much money you have. Depending on how well the parties cooperate, a divorce can take as little as 90 days to over two years from start to finish.
The typical divorce consists of three phases:
- Initial Pleadings and Disclosures
- Temporary Orders or Mediation
- Pretrial and Trial
More than 90% of divorce cases are settled before trial, in no small part because going to trial can be so expensive. As a result, everything that gets filed in the first two phases sets the stage for how your divorce is going to turn out.
It is also important to remember that a divorce decree isn’t just used to divide things up right after the divorce: unless it is modified by a court order, that decree is the one you are stuck with for resolving disputes over custody or finances for the rest of your lives.