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How long does it take to get divorced? It may be changing

If you live in Louisiana, you may be familiar with the fact that it currently takes a period of one year to get divorced (in some situations). However, if new legislation is passed, the wait time could soon be cut to six months.

House Bill 136 would restore the law to the way it was in the past, moving back to a 180-day waiting period in the event of a no contest divorce in which the couple does not share any children.

Right now, the one year time frame works against the divorcing couple, as it leads to a situation in which they spend more time fighting in court. Furthermore, it results in higher costs.

In 2006, the current legislation was passed. At that time, the goal of the legislation was to slow down the divorce process as a means of giving both individuals the opportunity to review the relationship and potentially reconcile. It was believed that a longer wait period would eventually result in a lower divorce rate. However, over time, it became apparent that the impact was not nearly as powerful as once believed.

With this change in mind, divorcing couples in the future may find it easier to move through the process in a more timely manner.

It doesn't matter who you are or what your circumstances consist of, divorce is always a difficult time in your life. Fortunately, when you know more about the process, including how long it will take to reach the end, it's easier to move forward with confidence.

Source: The Advocate, "Wait to get divorced would be cut in half under legislation advanced by Louisiana House panel," Mark Ballard, April 18, 2017

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