How long does it take for a divorce for be finalized?

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How long does it take for a divorce for be finalized?

My wife filed for a divorce less than a month ago and we have been married for 8 years and have 2 children. This all came as a surprise. I have been trying to negotiate with her but she isn’t willing to budge. I have been a stay at home dad and have watched our 3 year old for the past 3 years and have done odd jobs to bring in money. Have had no luck finding a permanent job. The first court date is the end of this month. How long till finalized after that and what are my chances for 1/2 custody. My folks have been like a set of 2nd parents for our children.

Asked on July 12, 2011 under Family Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation. What you have not said here is if you are throwing in the towel and consenting to the divorce or you are going to fight it out.  Fighting it out generally only gets lawyers rich if you and your spouse are agreed and you are not being bulldozed down.  There the lawyers services are invaluable.  Custody should have nothing to do with you being a stay at home dad other than if it is better for your children to reside with you for most of the time and for your wife to have visitation on weekends and maybe once during the week. Joint custody - to make decisions on school, medical decisions, etc., - should be no problem for you or your spouse.  As for your grandparents, most states recognize a grandparents right to see their grandchildren but not to the exclusion of the parent.  Get help here.  Good luck.


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