How Long Does a Divorce Take

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

How Long Does a Divorce in Missouri Take?

No dissolution of marriage can be granted until at least 30 days have passed following the date of service of the Petition.  This is a minimum interval.  Other time limits may affect your case depending upon the facts and circumstances.  Perhaps the largest influence on the length of time your divorce will take is the degree of the agreement you have with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.  Suffice it to say, the more you disagree, the longer it’ll take, so try to work things out ahead of time if at all possible. In most cases, nobody wins a divorce case, they’re emotional, lengthy, expensive, and usually frustrating beyond all expectations. Most of the issues hotly contested can be and should have been worked out well in advance by reasonable people wanting what’s fair.

Our experience indicates a normal interval of about 90 days for uncontested dissolution of marriages and up to 18+ months for contested dissolution of marriages.  During the waiting period, we will be trying to help you work out the details of custody, visitation, support, and property settlement.  Like anything in life, the more people can agree, the faster the process is.  It’s those divorces where the parties are fighting all the time that can take forever.


Markwell Law, LLC
1031 Peruque Crossing Ct, Ste. B
O’Fallon, MO 63366
Phone: 636-486-1093
Fax: 636-634-3462