Upon filing a Petition for Divorce, there is a minimum waiting period of 60 days, unless there is some type of family violence exception. However, very few divorces are completed in less than 90 days and those cases usually involve little to no property and usually no children of the marriage. If you have children or property, you will have what is called a Temporary Hearing within 14 days of filing your Divorce Petition. At that hearing, the parties will figure out who lives where, who drives what, who pays what bills, and when each party will have possession of the children. After the Temporary Hearing, hopefully we have a cooling off period for 45 to 60 days for everyone to adjust to their new life before we discuss long term settlement or begin the discovery process. Next post will explain the discovery process.