Every divorce is unique, but the average length of time that they can expect to have their case pending in the California court system is eighteen to twenty four months. Now, that sounds like an awful long time and I have to explain that the case isn’t in front of a judge for that entire period of time. There is a lot of quiet time or downtime when parties are negotiating or waiting for a courtroom. But you can expect to have a file open at the courthouse for that period of time as an average.
John Harding is the principal of the law firm of Harding & Associates in Northern California. He practices family law litigation and divorce mediation exclusively.