I get asked this questions a lot. Like most legal answers, I always say "it depends."
The West Virginia Supreme Court issued an order recently requiring family courts of the state to complete cases within 9 months. However, some circumstances require cases to linger even longer, sometimes longer than a year.
Most divorces, even those with some basic contentious issues, are generally concluded within 6 months. However, if your divorce involves children and numerous assets, and if either party is refusing to concede or settle an aspect of the case, you can figure that your divorce will take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
That's why it's important to have an experienced divorce attorney, someone who can work with opposing counsel to get rid of the issues upfront that can cause a case to drag out. Everybody wants to get in and get out when it comes to divorce. The problem with this approach is that if you don't have experience on your side, you can certainly be left holding the short end of the stick.
At Gaskins Law Group, we always take the time to set goals before proceeding to court, and that often includes how long a case is anticipated to linger.
Seth S. Gaskins, Esq. is a Divorce and Immigration Attorney in West Virginia.