How long it takes to get divorced can be divided into three stages: Stage 1: How long does it take you to start your divorce process? This is completely up to you and your spouse. Stage 2: How long does your divorce process take? This can depend significantly on the type of process you choose. Mediation is typically faster than going to court, for example. Stage 3: How long does it take for a divorce to become final once filed with the court? In Massachusetts, once a divorce is finalized by approval of an agreement by a Judge or by a judgment after trial, there is still a waiting period before the divorce is final. This is called the Nisi period. In a Joint Petition for Divorce this waiting period is 120 days. In a Complaint for Divorce this is a 90 day waiting period (though it's also important to note that a Complaint cannot go to Judgment until at least six months after the date of service). Given this 120 waiting period if you're looking to figure out how lo
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