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How Long Until My Case Is Over?

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law, and today we're answering the question, "How long until my case is over?" That's a common question or a common concern when someone is sitting down for the first time. How long is this going to take? And the answer is invariably I don't know. It's going to be entirely dependent upon what the other side does, how quickly we can get your paperwork from you, and a number of other factors. So the real answer of the question is no one can really say. If you would like, we prepared the divorce timeline in our office, so we would be happy to email to you if you ask us for it. You can email us at info, info@pertersonfamilylaw.com and that pretty well draws out how it can go and how it usually goes but there's no set answer. You can technically file a notice for trial and say the case is ready for trial after the pleading's closed, after your initial paperwork's done. So that means you could be in trial in about eight or nine, maybe 12 months after the initial filing, but you could be done as soon as three months if you have an agreeable opposing side and you get to a mediation and everything's resolved. Sometimes people have uncontested cases where they think they've got everything worked out, and then it goes a little bit awry, and they wrap it up in 60 days or 90 days. So our focus is to move cases along quickly if that's what the clients want and need, and they stand to benefit from it. But the real answer to the question, "How lon