As with many aspects of parenting cases, the answer is in the facts. The amount of time varies drastically from case to case. I’ve seen divorces that take exactly one month to complete and others that have taken as much as several years. If you can agree on every aspect of the case and are able to submit a Joint Petition (or if a contested petition was filed), or a Final Decree (& Parenting Plan if there are children), you are simply waiting the time necessary to negotiate and draft these documents as well as the time necessary for the Court to review them and approve them. If you have disagreement as to asset distribution, or parenting, for example, the case can certainly take quite a long time to resolve depending on how much discovery is involved, the amount of motions that are needed, etc. If you consult with an attorney, and there’s an idea of what is contested, you should be able to get a better understanding of the expected timeline in your particular case.
The latest regarding extended all court closures. See here: https://www.mass.gov/supreme-judicial-court-rules/supreme-judicial-court-order-regarding-court-operations-under-the
A useful site to show which courts are “open” for purposes for emergency hearings (& it is updated daily): https://www.mass.gov/info-details/temporary-court-closures-due-to-covid-19
Latest Update Regarding Co-Parenting
For general information, and a link to each specific court, click here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19
For jury information, click here: https://www.mass.gov/supreme-judicial-court-rules/supreme-judicial-court-order-in-re-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic-0#order
For Superior Court, click here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/superior-court-standing-order-2-20-operations-during-the-public-health-emergency-arising-from/download
For District Court, click here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/district-court-standing-order-1-20-court-operations-under-the-exigent-circumstances-created-by/download
For Probate & family Court, click here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/probate-and-family-court-standing-order-1-20-court-operations-under-the-exigent-circumstances/download
For General Information, click here: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/
For updated notices regarding the effect of covid19, click here: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
For information regarding covid19, click here: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/aoc/corona-covid-19.html
For Jury information, click here: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/jury/Notice-from-Superior-Court-Chief-Justice-Tina-Nadeau-COVID-19.pdf
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