Divorce is often a complex process that takes a toll on everyone involved. It is emotionally, mentally and financially draining, and divorcing parties often want it to end as quickly as possible.
However, it is vital to consider the benefits of not rushing to settle, which can get you less than you deserve. While this time is difficult, it is possible to get through it in one piece.
People have found it easier to cope with divorce when they have a robust support system or seek professional help. These resources can change how you perceive many of the difficulties you are going through and can help alleviate some of the pressure.
The 90-day waiting period in Washington
Yet, it is understandable to want to know how long the divorce process takes, and while the answer to this question varies depending on the circumstances of each case, the only required waiting period to finalize a divorce in Washington is 90 days.
This means there must be 90 days between the date of service (when you serve divorce papers to your spouse or vice-versa) and the day when the judge signs the legal documents to end the marriage.
Does this mean my divorce will take 90 days?
In most cases, no. While the state has a 90-day waiting period, it is at least 90 days. Most divorces take longer because the parties must go through each issue they have to settle, often through their attorneys, and reach an agreement, mediate, negotiate, or go to trial. In other words, the circumstances of the case determine the length of the process.
Divorces can range from straightforward to highly complex depending on the couple, their issues, and how they communicate. This is important because the parties have more control over the amount of time the process takes if they are willing to cooperate, communicate efficiently, respectfully, and allow their attorneys to complete the proceedings on their behalf.