It’s not a question of whether or not you’re going to get a divorce but when you will file. You know that it’s what you want. What you’re concerned about is just moving forward with your life and starting down this new path. You’re excited for what the future holds. What you really want to know is how long the divorce is going to take.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. It depends, to a large degree, on you and your spouse. It also depends on how complex the divorce becomes.

For instance, maybe your spouse also wants a divorce. You’re on the same page, you’re on good terms, and you’re willing to work together. You don’t have any children. All you have to do is split up your assets. You could get from filing to single in a couple of months.

On the other hand, maybe your spouse doesn’t want a divorce. They’re angry and unwilling to speak to you or engage in negotiations. The two of you have children, and both of you want primary custody. You have complex assets like a family business. Now, that divorce could take years — especially if you do not get along with your spouse and every decision turns into a fight that one or both of you feel like you need to win.

Every divorce case is unique, and the specifics of your case determine the rough timeframe that you’re looking at. Even then, unexpected developments can make it take longer. Just make sure you know exactly what legal steps to take during the pendency of the proceedings.