How long does it take for a divorce to be final in Florida?

It really depends on whether you have a contested or uncontested divorce.  Typically, if you have an uncontested matter, which means you have filed a martial settlement agreement and all other required documents have been filed, the Court is required to wait a statutory period of a minimum of 20 days after the your petition is filed before a Court can enter your final judgment.  Fla. Stat. §61.19.  Timing here really depends on the Judge’s docket and can be anywhere from 5 to 14 days after the 20 day waiting period. (There may be some individual cases where the Judge requests additional documents or a final hearing on the matter.   These are typical where documents or the content of the documents may be incomplete or missing as to certain requirements).

On the other hand, if your matter is contested the time it takes from the date of filing until the final decree for dissolution may take anywhere from a few months to two years.  In contested matters it really depends on the facts of the case and how contentious the parties are.

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