Divorce Delayed? Here’s Why

You started your divorce months or maybe even a year or two ago, and you still can’t see an end in sight – why? Well, it’s a complicated answer because divorce is a complicated area. Most divorces take a while to finalize because there are many legal and financial steps that need to be taken. When you add a global pandemic to the situation, the amount of time it takes to finalize a divorce increases immensely.

If your divorce has not been settled, you should ask your attorney why it is taking so long to get resolved. However, there are some common reasons that lead to this situation. Mr. David Badanes Esq. of Badanes Law Office on Long Island shared some common reasons for why divorce settlements may take so long.

Discovery is not done. In divorces, discovery is the gathering and exchange of evidence, information, documents, etc. Discovery is a very broad term and will become more specific depending on the financial assets and specific conflicts of the two parties. The time it takes to complete discovery depends mainly upon the types of documents and information that need to be gathered, the complexities of the personal and financial situation, and the cooperation of the two parties. As a result, discovery may take a while to complete.

Waiting for an appraisal of a house or business. The appraisal of certain assets is a normal step in a divorce. Unfortunately, companies that perform appraisals operate on their own schedule. The two parties in a divorce may need to wait for appraisals to be completed in order to proceed in the divorce process.

COVID-19. This is a massive reason for delays in divorce proceedings over the past year and a half. The pandemic affects many aspects of the divorce process, slowing everything down as a result. Most courts are incredibly backed up, but still need to give each case on the docket their due time and care. Additionally, many judges, attorneys and clients have become ill, leading to delays in the divorce process. The pandemic has also impacted the workforce in significant ways. There may be fewer clerks working to handle divorce cases, so even if your divorce has been settled and all the documents have been submitted, that may not be enough to finalize it quickly.

No matter what the reason is for the delay in your divorce settlement, the situation is understandably frustrating. Divorces rarely get finalized quickly, so it’s best to prepare yourself for what may take longer than expected.  Make sure you are confident in your Long Island divorce attorney to handle any delays that may come up.

David Badanes, Esq. and the Badanes Law Office, P.C. provides real-world advice to help you through this challenging time. If you are contemplating getting a divorce, and need an attorney to represent you, call David Badanes and the Badanes Law Office today at 631-239-1702 or email at david@dbnylaw.com. The Badanes Law Office has offices in Northport, Suffolk County and Uniondale, Nassau County.

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