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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Kansas?

Rundberg Law, LLC Nov. 14, 2023

Person Signing Divorce PapersDivorce can often feel like an emotional rollercoaster. The process is complex and challenging to navigate, especially when you're unsure of how long it will take. As an experienced attorney at Rundberg Law, LLC, I'm here to guide and support you through the delicate process of divorce. I understand that this can be a challenging time in your life, and I'm committed to providing outstanding legal services that meet your individual needs. Below, I break down the timeline for a divorce in Kansas, helping you understand what factors can affect it and how to navigate these challenges effectively. 

Divorce in Kansas 

Divorce is a legal process that dissolves a marital union. It can be either uncontested or contested. In an uncontested divorce, both spouses mutually agree on all key terms such as alimony, property division, child support, custody, and parenting time. These agreed-upon terms are documented and filed with the Kansas court for official approval. Uncontested divorces are usually quicker and more cost-efficient. On the other hand, a contested divorce arises when spouses can't agree on one or more key terms. Here, the court steps in to help settle the matters. 

How Long Does Divorce Take in Kansas? 

The length of time it takes to finalize a divorce in Kansas can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. An uncontested divorce, where both parties agree on all terms, can take as little as 60 to 90 days. This timeline allows for the mandatory 60-day waiting period imposed by Kansas law, plus any additional time needed to file paperwork and obtain a court date. 

If the divorce is contested, it can take anywhere from six months to a year, or sometimes even longer. This is due to the need for additional court proceedings to resolve disputes, such as child custody or property division, which may involve negotiation, mediation, or trial.   

Keep in mind that these are general timelines and each divorce case is unique, so the actual timing may differ based on the specific circumstances. 

Factors That Could Affect the Time 

The complexity of the circumstances, the presence of minor children, retirement accounts, significant marital assets, and the need for alimony can make the divorce proceedings more complicated and lengthy. 

Contested vs Uncontested 

The type of divorce plays a huge role in the timeline. Uncontested divorces, where both parties agree on all terms, are generally quicker to finalize. In contrast, contested divorces, where disagreements persist, may require court intervention and can take a more extended period to resolve. 

Complication of the Circumstances 

The circumstances of your case can also affect the duration of the divorce process. Issues such as property division, alimony, and child custody can be complicated matters which may lengthen the process. 

Availability of the Court/Judges 

The timeline for a divorce in Kansas can also be affected by the availability of the court and judges. Court schedules and caseloads can vary, which can influence the speed at which your divorce case is processed. 

Work With a Dependable Divorce Attorney 

Navigating the divorce process can be overwhelming due to the legal complexities involved. That's why working with an experienced divorce attorney is crucial. I can guide you through the legal requirements, help you understand your options, and advocate for your best interests. With my assistance, you can ensure that your rights are protected and the process moves forward smoothly. 

Let My Experience Guide You 

The timeline for a divorce in Kansas can vary significantly depending on various factors. From the mandatory waiting period to the type of divorce and the complexity of the circumstances—all these play a role in determining how long the process will take. To navigate the divorce process effectively and secure the best possible outcome, it is highly recommended to seek the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. As a family law attorney at Rundberg Law, LLC, I'm here to provide the necessary guidance and support throughout the process, helping you make informed decisions and protecting your rights.