Menu Contact White & White, Attorneys at Law
Free Initial Consultation 865-622-7768

Divorces can be prolonged by certain factors

When you decide that your marriage is over, you might want to have the divorce finalized as quickly as possible. This is understandable, but you must realize that there are some factors that can make the divorce process last longer.

It is imperative to realize that some of these factors can't be controlled. You should go into the divorce process with a sense of urgency, but also with an understanding that things might prolong your divorce. Here are some factors that might affect the time it takes:

State waiting period

In Tennessee, there is a 60-day waiting period for divorces without children.  With children, there is a 90-day waiting period. These are the minimum number of days that can occur between the filing of the petition and the finalization of the order. There aren't any ways that you can speed this up. In some cases, a backlogged court system might end up making it take longer than this.

Property division negotiations

Property division negotiations can take time. You and your ex will have to work together to get these matters all sorted out. This means that each asset and every debt have to be assigned to either you or your ex. Your ability to work with your ex on these matters can have a direct impact on how long it takes your divorce to be completed.

Child custody matters

If you and your ex have minor children, you have to work through all of the issues that are present with the children. This includes setting the parenting time schedule, child support matters and decision-making powers. Again, this is an area where the ability of you and your ex to work together can have a big impact. You might not get your way on everything and your ex might not either. The important thing here is to make sure that your children's best interests are kept at the heart of the matter.

Other issues

Other issues in your divorce can also prolong the process. For example, if one party is asking for alimony and the other party doesn't want to pay, the process might take longer than if there was an agreement.

Negotiations can stall out

Because there are so many variables in divorce, you might find that you just can't predict how long things will take. You and your ex might end up stalling during the negotiations. This could lead to your having to go through a trial to get matters settled. A trial will take longer than mediation, so you should try your best to work through what you can.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Honors & Memberships
  • 10 Best – 2016 | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys(TM)

    He has received this award 2016-2019 for 10 best Attorneys, Client Satisfaction Award.

  • The National Top 40 Under 40 Advocates

    He has received this award 6 years in a row now. for Top 100 Attorneys.

  • 10 Best Attorney | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys(TM)

    Member since 2018 for Top 10 Family Law Attorney for Tennessee.

  • Family Law Top 10 Attorney - 2017-2019 | Attorney and Practice Magazines

    Member since 2017 for Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Tennessee.

  • Best Legal Counsel

    Member since 2018 for Best Legal Counsel in Family Law.

  • Lawyers of Distinction

    Member since 2017 for Excellence in Family and Divorce Top 10% in the USA.

  • Best Attorneys of America | Lifetime Charter Member

    Lifetime charter member for Best Attorneys in America for Tennessee.

Contact Us For A Free Case Evaluation - Email or Call 865-622-7768

White & White, Attorneys at Law, is committed to working with individuals to help them reshape their lives. Perhaps you need a second chance after getting arrested; maybe you're trying to pull yourself together during a frustrating divorce. Whatever the issue, the experienced lawyers at White & White, Attorneys at Law, are here to help.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the firm online or call to schedule a free initial consultation and discuss their legal needs with an experienced Sevierville family law attorney. Appointments are scheduled during regular business hours, but evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.


Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

White & White, Attorneys at Law 216 Phoenix Court Suite D Seymour, TN 37865 Toll Free: 888-551-9046 Phone: 865-622-7768 Fax: 865-577-1655 Seymour Law Office Map

Divorces can be prolonged by certain factors | White & White, Attorneys at Law