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Many people who are ending a marriage want it all over and done with as soon as possible. However, there is a process that you have to follow if you are going to legally divorce your ex. Without this process, you will remain legally married even if you aren't still living together.
Even though you can't make a divorce instant, you can do a few things to speed it up as much as possible. Remembering these might be worth your while can prevent you from inadvertently dragging the process on.
One of the most important things to remember is that there are specific time frames that matter in these cases. In Washington, there is a 90-day waiting period from the date your petition is filed and served on your ex and the time that the court can issue the final divorce decree. Remember that this is the absolute minimum amount of time that can elapse. There are other factors that might mean the process takes longer.
Part of going through a divorce is dividing up the property and coming up with a child custody agreement. If you can work with your ex, you might be able to get these done faster. Even though you might not relish the thought of doing this, it can really speed things up since you won't have to wait for a spot on the court docket to open up for a divorce trial.
You might be surprised on the day the final decree is issued. You may feel some joy, but you are likely going to feel other emotions as well. The divorce decree is merely a piece of paper. Once you have it, you need to work on healing emotionally and moving on with a new chapter of your life.