There are very few people who actually enjoy getting divorced. They may
enjoy the prospect of BEING divorced, but it’s very rare for the
celebration to occur until the divorce is final. Having said that, is
there a way to speed up your divorce?
Speed Up Your Divorce: Identify the problem
What is slowing down the process? Is it your spouse? Your spouse’s
lawyer? In some cases, the spouse is simply unreasonable or even purposefully
difficult. Coming to a resolution on anything can take far longer than
anyone might expect. If you find yourself in this situation, you might
need to identify why it’s happening. There are a few common reasons:
one spouse is standing firm with ridiculous legal decision making and
parenting time requests inconsistent with the best interest of the child,
divorce cases in which one or more parties are self employed, complex
or extensive marital assets that need to be divided or your spouse’s
lawyer is holding up the process.
If you are experiencing a long, drawn out divorce due to unreasonable demands
regarding legal decision making and/or parenting time, you may feel like
common sense has abruptly left the room. In some cases, these situations
can devolve into false allegations of domestic violence or child abuse,
parental alienation, etc.
When one or both of the parties involved in a divorce is self employed,
the process can take longer. Self employed individuals may play games
with their income by underreporting. Spouses of self employed individuals
may over-report income on behalf of the self employed party. It can cause
a lull in the forward movement of divorce.
Some divorces are simply taking longer because they require the splitting
of community or separate assets. This will particularly slow down the
process when one spouse makes a separate property claim to asset/s or
property that has not clear legal support.
In some divorce cases, the opposing counsel may simply be holding the process
up with a bit of what we call feet churning. Sadly, it happens more often
than you think. Many assume it’s their spouse being difficult when,
in actuality, it’s their lawyer. Some lawyers will take advantage
of the situation by providing their client with unreasonably high expectations
and then billing incessantly as they focus on these unreasonable goals
rather than the best interests of their client and, in many cases, their
What’s the solution? Once you’ve identified the problem, you
can often take steps to remedy the situation.
If you need assistance ascertaining what is next and
how to speed up your divorce, contact the Arizona divorce attorneys at
Arizona Family Law Attorneys.