6. Length of Case

Typically, Family Court cases take two to twelve months to complete in the Family Court, with exceptions. The Family Court Rules require that once a case is filed with the Court, that it move along in a timely manner. If not, Notice of Intent to Dismiss will be issued by the Court. The length of the case depends on many factors, many of which are not within your attorney’s control or your control. It will depend in large part upon the issues that you and your spouse chose to contest. The more issues, and the greater complexity, the longer the case will take to complete. Most attorneys will encourage you to attempt to reach agreement on as many issues as possible. The process of fully litigating each issue can be very lengthy and expensive and should be reserved for only those issues to which there should be a true disagreement.