How Much Time Will It Take to Get a Divorce or Dissolution?

Pursuant to Ohio law, parties must wait a minimum of 42 days from the date of service on the Defendant to in a divorce action and 30 days from the filing of the petition for a dissolution action before the marriage can be terminated.  These time requirements cannot be shortened.

While parties can often expect to have a final hearing for an uncontested divorce within 90 days of filing the complaint and to have a final hearing on a dissolution action within 30-60 days of filing the petition, parties can expect a contested divorce to last significantly longer.  Because uncontested divorce actions and dissolution actions are completed much faster and with less conflict than contested divorce actions, they are normally far less expensive than contested divorce actions.

The amount of time a contested divorce will take largely depends on the county in which the divorce is filed.  For example, in Franklin County, it can take up to 12 months for a divorce without children and up to 18 months for a contested divorce with children to proceed to a final trial date depending on the specific circumstances of a case.  Dissolution actions, on the other hand, must occur within 90 days of the filing of the petition.