Provide your attorney with as much information as possible. A lot of the time it takes to get a divorce is spent gathering documents and determining what the marital pie is and what are the values of everything and then how are you going to divide them.
I will tell you, the more people fight the longer the divorce is going to last, because if two people can’t agree on even the smallest things it means you have to go to court every single time you need a decision made. And every time you file a document to go into a courthouse you’re going to have a three, four, sometimes five or six-week lead time for that court to get you in the docket. So the longer you fight the longer the process takes.
If there is a custody question, you’ve got to give the professionals time enough to do their investigations. So a litigation that encompasses a custodial or visitation-contested issue is going to take longer than one that reaches agreement.
The only way to really shorten the time is to make up your mind that you’re going to listen to your attorney, provide the documents necessary and in a timely basis and be open and reasonable to settlement negotiations. The marital pie is only so big and the more you fight over it the smaller it gets. And children are going to, at some point in their lives, make their decision about what they want to do and how they’re going to do it. And the less you fight the easier it is for everyone.
Catherine Hendrix is a partner at the Law Offices of Lester & Hendrix where they are committed to solving divorce and separation issues. Families throughout South Carolina can rely on their team of Attorneys for advice and counsel.