How can I avoid delays in my divorce?

Once you or your spouse files for divorce, you might want the whole thing to be over as quickly as possible so you can move on to the next chapter of your life.

However, this can be more difficult than you expect if you run into complications or issues that delay your divorce. While you may not be able to avoid every obstacle that arises in a divorce, there are some steps you can take to ensure you are not holding up the legal process unnecessarily.

  1. You can prioritize peaceful alternative dispute resolutions, like collaboration or mediation. These methods allow two people to work together with the help of a neutral third party to find their own solutions to issues like child custody and spousal support. Litigation is often a lengthier process because everyone is at the mercy of the court’s schedule and procedures.
  2. You can get organized. Have your financial documents gathered and organized; stay on top of any paperwork or requests from your ex; keep track of all written correspondence between you and your ex. Being orderly and prepared can make it easier to get answers or provide necessary information.
  3. You can shift your perspective from time to time. It can be very easy to get caught up in minor details or arguments during your divorce. To get out of a rut like this, take some time to consider the situation from another perspective, like your child’s. You might also want to think about whether the issue truly matters in the grand scheme of the divorce.
  4. You can refrain from ill-advised behaviors. This includes making false accusations, hiding assets, violating temporary custody orders or harassing your ex. Each of these can create additional complications in your divorce that can drag out the process.
  5. You can have legal guidance. An attorney can give you advice and inform you of your rights and protections. He or she can also navigate the complexities of the legal system so that you don’t have to figure it out on your own.

Again, it may not be possible to avoid every delay and setback during a complicated legal matter like divorce, but these five steps can get you closer to a resolution and the finalization of the process so you can focus on your future.