The divorce process for someone I know is taking an absurd amount of time. It's going on a year. His soon-to-be ex-wife is a drug addict, has been out of rehab for 50 days, has not continued to see her children, nor is making any effort or attempt to talk to her lawyer. At the last hearing, it stated, "Stipulations have been reached regarding supervised visitation. Court approves the stipulation. GAL will meet with family members and make a recommendation for placement to be at her parents hour vs. the community center. As to the matter of contempt, the parties stipulate that respondent be found in contempt and is ordered to pay $500 to petitioner. She has blatantly not followed temporary orders, has been charged with theft and issuing worthless checks, and yet, they keep rescheduling to "see how she does.' In the meantime it's costing a ridiculous amount of money for all of these court dates, not to mention the stress and burden on the kids. Every court date scheduled has been a minimum 45 days in between. If the roles were reversed and this was the father, I guarantee this would have been concluded long ago.
I tell clients that an average divorce case takes around 9 months; the case you describe is at a year, and apparently involves complex issues involving custody/visitation of the children; I've had some cases take as long as three years; while that is rare, it can happen. It would be ill advised to write a letter to the court; judges will not respond to the letter and probably be upset that the person wrote the letter being either critical of the process or of the court itself.
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