My husband and I will be going to court in a few weeks for our divorce trial. The divorce proceedings have been postponed many, many times. Sometimes by the judge (overcrowded dockets), or by my husband and I, mainly to stall or buy time by both of us, one time or another. Nothing was really done in that time, and it's been almost three years. I'm wondering how long I will have to move out of our house (owned by his mother, but was our marital home for decades); how long I will be given by the judge to pack up my things and relocate. I'm also wondering how long the divorce will last, I can't imagine it taking more than a few days but I don't want to be unrealistic in my expectations.
It is very difficult to answer your questions without knowing more about the case, as there are many factors that can impact the duration and outcome of trial. I generally find that people are happier with the outcome of a divorce if they craft their own agreement. You can meet with a mediator to attempt to resolve as many issues as you can before trial. This will narrow the issues that the court needs to hear and rule on at trial, and will, in turn, likely shorten the trial length. If your trial goes beyond one day, keep in mind that it may be months before the remainder of the trial is conducted, depending on the judge's schedule. It may be worthwhile finding an attorney to act as a mediator. Best of luck.
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Your question is a difficult one to answer. There are many factors that come into play. First are you both is disagreement on all of the issues? Are there children? A divorce can take from hours to days depending on the complexicity of the issues. If there are not many issues to litigate, it is possible you can reach an agrrement through a mediator. As far as the issue of the house, the judge will have wide discretion here or may make his mother evict you through the housing court. Considering the vagueness of your issues, you really should hire an attorney to help you.
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Are you represented by counsel for the upcoming Trial? If not, you should seriously consider same as it appears that you have been married for "decades" and would normally have a significant equitable interest in the marital estate and potential alimony claims. The Court would still expect you to know the rules of evidence and procedural rules if you are not represented at trial and you would be disadvantaged.
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