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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Kansas?

The Alexander Law Firm, LLC Feb. 5, 2024

Sad wife removes ring from hand after argument with husbandAt The Alexander Law Firm, LLC, we understand that every divorce case is unique, with its own set of challenges and intricacies. One frequently asked question we encounter from our clients is, "How long does a divorce take in Kansas?" While there's no definitive answer due to the varying circumstances of each case, we're here to provide you with a comprehensive overview of what you can generally expect during the divorce process in Kansas.  

At our firm, we're dedicated to standing by your side throughout this challenging journey. Our seasoned attorney, based in Kansas City, Kansas, is committed to giving your case the attention it deserves, providing objective legal counsel, and working diligently toward fair resolutions for all parties involved. We understand the importance of making wise decisions for your family, and we strive to offer trusted legal guidance at every step. By offering a free consultation, we aim to understand your unique situation and work collaboratively towards a positive resolution. With our extensive experience in family law and our unwavering commitment to your best interests, at The Alexander Law Firm, LLC, we're here to help you navigate this difficult time with confidence and peace of mind. 

Factors That Impact the Divorce Timeline in Kansas 

In Kansas, the duration of the divorce process can be influenced by a variety of factors. The least complex cases, where both parties agree on all issues such as property division, child custody, and spousal support, can be finalized in as little as 60 days. This is often referred to as an uncontested divorce. 

However, if disagreements arise, the process can take significantly longer. Contested divorces necessitate court involvement to resolve issues, which can lead to lengthy negotiations or even a trial, extending the process to several months or even years. The complexity of the assets involved can also impact the timeline. For instance, high-asset divorces or those involving business ownership may require additional time for thorough valuation. 

Family dynamics, such as the presence of minor children and disputes over custody, can also extend the process. Lastly, the court's schedule and workload can impact the timeline, with busier courts potentially leading to more extended proceedings. Though it's impossible to predict the exact duration of your divorce, understanding these factors can provide a clearer picture of what to expect. 

Filing for Divorce: The Starting Point  

The first step towards ending a marriage in Kansas is filing a petition for divorce. This can be done by either spouse, provided they meet the residency requirements of the state. After the petition has been filed, it must then be served to the other spouse who has a specified timeframe to respond. This initial phase, while seemingly straightforward, can be daunting without the right guidance. That's where we come in. Our team at The Alexander Law Firm, LLC is committed to ensuring that you're not alone during this critical stage, providing advice and support tailored to your specific circumstances.  

The Mandatory Waiting Period: A Time for Reflection  

In Kansas, the law stipulates a mandatory waiting period of 60 days from the date of filing before a divorce can be finalized. This time is intended to allow both parties to consider reconciliation or explore alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation. This period also presents an opportunity for both spouses to engage in negotiations with the aim of reaching a settlement agreement. This agreement would cover crucial issues such as property division, child custody, spousal support, and child support. If a mutually acceptable agreement can be reached, it can help expedite the divorce process.  

Court Proceedings: When Negotiations Fail  

If the spouses are unable to reach a settlement, the divorce case may proceed to court. During court proceedings, a judge will make decisions regarding the unresolved issues. This stage can prolong the divorce process due to the scheduling of hearings, the presentation of evidence, and the wait for the court's decision. We understand that this can be a stressful period, but you can count on us at The Alexander Law Firm, LLC to stand by your side every step of the way, advocating for your best interests.  

Finalizing the Divorce: The End of the Journey

Once all matters have been resolved, either through negotiation or court proceedings, the divorce can be finalized. This involves preparing and signing the necessary legal documents, which will then be submitted to the court for approval. Once approved, the divorce decree will be issued, officially ending the marriage. This final phase marks the end of a challenging journey, and we're here to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.  

It's worth noting that the timeline for a divorce in Kansas can be influenced by various factors including the complexity of the case, the level of cooperation between the spouses, and the court's schedule. That's why it's advisable to consult with an experienced divorce attorney like Attorney Alexander at The Alexander Law Firm, LLC. We're dedicated to guiding you through the process, providing personalized advice based on your unique situation.