A divorce is one of the most stressful times a person can go through. If you initiated the divorce, you likely want to finish the process as quickly as possible so that you can get on with the rest of your life. However, certain things can delay the process. Here are a few reasons why your divorce is taking forever.
Your Spouse Does not Want a Divorce
If the decision to get a divorce was not mutual, there is a chance your spouse may drag his or her feet. Your spouse may fear losing you and take a long time responding to motions and postpone court hearings. This can indeed be frustrating if you want to resolve your divorce case quickly. Try to give your spouse some time to emotionally adjust.
Your or Your Spouse Refuses to Compromise
Divorce is about compromise. It is unlikely that you will get everything you want out of your divorce. However, that does not mean you should drag the process on and refuse to compromise. It is important to pick your battles and decide what you can live without. For example, if you and your spouse are arguing over who should continue living in the marital home, consider selling the property and splitting the proceeds.
There Is a Custody Battle
If you and your spouse have minor children together, it can make your divorce much more complicated. Unfortunately, some divorcing couples use their children as pawns to gain advantage in property division, child visitation and other divorce matters. If one parent accuses the other parent of physical abuse or alcoholism, for example, it can make the child custody battle even more lengthy and expensive.
One Party Files an Modification
After your divorce is finalized through mediation or trial, you assume it is all over and you can move. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Either party can file a modification afterward if they are still not satisfied with the order. For example, if the other spouse believes that he or she is not getting enough alimony, he or she may request a modification. Modifications can drag the process on even longer.