California Divorce How Long Does The Divorce Process Take?

California Divorce How Long Does The Divorce Process Take?

Today I want to answer the question I get most frequently every day, a hundred phone calls a day. How long does the divorce process take?

I swear that is the most frequently asked question and I’m trying to get this out on video so hopefully people come across this and they can find it online and on this video.

There are two answers to how long it takes.

You may or may not have heard of the six months. Its California’s cooling off period. People hear six months and oh, it takes six months to do the divorce. It takes six months to do the paperwork. That’s not true.

The six month rule is the soonest your divorce can be completed. It’s the soonest. Now let’s back up. Where does that time frame start? Not from when you file but from when your spouse is served. That day your spouse is served, six months and one is the soonest your divorce can be finalized.

You divorce could take a year, it could take two years. People come to me who have been trying to get this process over for four, five years.

The soonest your divorce can be finalized is six months and a day after your spouse is served.

Now, keep in mind that you don’t have to wait six months to finish all the paperwork. You can do all the paperwork immediately and if you’re going to do a default case or hybrid case, you can do everything within thirty days. You can even submit your judgement within thirty days, your agreement or whatever you want to call it.

You can submit that and you can get it in line to get reviewed.

Now, here’s one more time frame for you on answering this question how long it takes.

Let’s assume you get all your paperwork done and you submit your final agreement, all the signatures, all the agreements, everything.

From that point, depending on which court you’re at in California, it can be anywhere from six to eight months get your divorce paperwork, your judgment finalized and actually be done.

The idea here is get you paperwork done as quickly as possible. Get it submitted. You don’t have to wait until six months has passed to submit your agreement.

Get it in early. If they happen to get to your judgment sooner, then you’ll get your judgment back. It’ll be approved but it’ll just be on future date into the future.

We’ve had case where we’ve done in thirty days, we submitted it and got approved but the effective date of the divorce is four months from now or five months from now. It just depends on how fast they got to it.

So you can get it done and just get it over with, don’t wait, get your paperwork in.

Tim Blankenship, We’d love to help you with your divorce. We can help you anywhere in California. So, feel free to call us and we can save you money.

A lot of people think to use our service because we’re professional full service process that’s going to cost them more, in fact it will cost you less than you could do it on your own because we’re going to save you some court fees.

Again, anywhere in California. Go to our website at We have hundreds of videos like this. If you’re looking for more information we have a podcast on iTunes, you can listen to us there at divorce master radio.

But feel free to call me, I’d be happy to discuss what we can do for you over the phone, how we can save you money and time and frustration on your divorce in California.

Tim Blankenship,