There is no preset timeline or schedule when it comes to getting divorced. Many factors may delay proceedings for months, such as the degree of animosity between the parties, whether there are many assets, and determining the character of the assets, whether the parties are cooperating, etc. If the parties are forthright in their disclosures of assets and debts, and they are willing to work together to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both of them, then the entire dissolution could happen without one or two court hearings. If, on the other hand, the dissolution is contentious, then it may take months, and even years before the case goes to trial. The divorce attorneys at Orange County Family Law understand that when getting divorced, you want it done as quickly and painlessly as possible, and as such, we encourage amicable settlement on our client’s terms. We also know that sometimes, settlement is not easily obtained and trial, even if only the threat of trial, is necessary in order to reach your desired goals.