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When you decide to begin the divorce process, you likely want your marriage to be over as soon as possible so you can move forward with your post-marriage life. However, you must go through each step of the divorce process and wait for the required waiting period before the court will issue the final divorce decree. You are still legally married until this decree is issued, which means you cannot marry anyone else in this time frame. 

For information about how long it might take for your divorce to be final in your situation, as well as help making the process go as quickly and smoothly as possible, speak with an Aurora divorce attorney right away. 

How Your Divorce Can be Resolved

Before the court will finalize your divorce, you and your spouse will need to address several issues, including:

There are different ways to resolve these matters so your divorce can be final. The quickest and easiest way to get a divorce is to file an uncontested divorce. This means that you and your spouse have written agreements for how to settle all relevant issues in your case, including property division and child-related matters. You might reach this agreement:

  • On your own
  • Through negotiations by your respective attorneys
  • Through mediation sessions
  • Through the collaborative divorce process

If you have out-of-court agreements on everything, your attorney can file an uncontested divorce petition. If the court approves of your resolution, it can base the divorce decree on your written agreements and issue the divorce decree following the 90-day waiting period required by state law.

If you cannot agree on one or more issues, your case will need to go to court for the judge to resolve any loose ends. You might agree on child custody and property division, but you are unable to agree on spousal support. This means the issue of spousal support will need to be presented to the family judge. The judge will hear arguments from both sides and issue a decision on the unresolved matters. 

Anytime you need to go to court, it extends the time before your divorce is final. Trial requires preparation, and you must wait for the scheduled hearing date, which could be months in the future depending on the court schedule. The best way to speed up the divorce process and obtain a final divorce sooner is to allow an attorney to help you reach out-of-court agreements with your spouse. 

Your Final Hearing and Divorce Decree

Your divorce will likely wrap up with a final hearing before the judge, which might be the only hearing you need to attend for an uncontested divorce. If the judge approves your agreements and dissolution, they will issue your divorce decree. This is the signal that your divorce is over. 

Consult with an Aurora Divorce Attorney Today

At CNL Law Firm, PLLC, we assist with every step of the divorce process, from the initial negotiations until the final decree. Contact us to discuss your options for your situation. 

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