How long does an uncontested divorce take?

An uncontested divorce can be finalised in as little as 10 days. Waiting periods separate initial filing from the finalisation date. Timing for an uncontested divorce is affected by how quickly divorcing spouses can agree to terms. Each state has mandated waiting periods that may change, so check with legal counsel in your state.

Zero to 20 days

Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada and South Dakota have no listed mandated waiting periods. Oklahoma requires 10 days, while Florida, Idaho, Montana, West Virginia and Wyoming require 20 days.

30 to 60 days

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Oklahoma require 30 days; Ohio has a 42 day waiting period; Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin require 60 days.

90 to 180 days

Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont and Washington require 90 days. Wisconsin has a 120-day waiting period while California, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana require 180 days.

12 to 18 months

Maryland, New York, North Carolina require a 12-month waiting period. New Jersey's waiting period is 18 months.


States with extended time for divorces involving minor children are: Michigan and Virginia (6 months), Oklahoma (30 days) and Tennessee (90 days).

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Pepper Near has written articles on such topics on such topics as growth and development in human beings and HIV/AIDS. Her expertise includes at-risk and teen parenting, childhood risk and resilience, and poverty issues. She holds a Master of Science in human development and family studies from Central Michigan University.