What is the longest a divorce can take in California? At the maximum, a single divorce case can take 5 years, because the petition expires after 5 years. If you have not gotten the divorce finalized within the 5-year period, you will actually need to start over and file for divorce again.
How long does a divorce take in CA if one party doesn’t agree? A ‘default divorce’ can be a good thing as it finalizes the divorce relatively quickly and cheaply. If there are no issues, a default divorce is usually finalized within the 6 month & 1 day time frame (from the date of service) and most often without a court appearance.
How much does a contested divorce cost in California? The cost of divorce with contested issues rises even more steeply when couples have to go to trial to resolve some of all of their disputes. The average total cost range is $15,500-$19,000 for California couples who have a trial on one issue; it rises to $21,000-$26,000 for those who take two or more issues to trial.
What’s the shortest amount of time a divorce can take in CA? There is a mandatory six-month waiting period before finalizing a divorce in California. Therefore, the fastest you can get a divorce in California is six months after the time you file.