The divorce process in Tennessee or Kentucky can take much longer than many people think. Once you decide you want a divorce, you most likely want to process the divorce as quickly as possible so you can move on with your life. But the reality is that some divorces may take a year or longer to resolve.

To speed up the divorce process, you and your spouse need to be proactive and enter the divorce process with an open mind. While a fast divorce is not guaranteed, following these tips may help you minimize the time it will take to get through the process.

Come to a mutual agreement

The fastest divorces are uncontested. When you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce from the start, you can simply file the paperwork and avoid the lengthy process of litigation.

When your relationship is strained and the divorce is contested, there may still be ways to come to an agreement outside of court. Through mediation, you and your spouse can choose a neutral, third-party mediator to help you communicate, sort through the terms of your divorce and come to an agreement. Agreements that are reached outside of court also tend to benefit both parties, and therefore last longer and result in fewer disputes in the future.

Expect to make some concessions

The longest divorces are typically the result of spouses refusing to stand down on one or more of the issues at stake. For example, an agreement may seem within reach, but spouses might refuse to cooperate on a parenting plan or custody agreement. In this case, going to court would be inevitable, and the length of the divorce process will be much longer.

By prioritizing your issues and coming to a compromise with the other party, you can save substantial time in your divorce. This of course depends on the cooperation of both parties, but by entering discussions with an open mind you can avoid unnecessary arguments and hopefully come to a faster agreement.

Hire the right attorney

Even when you agree on the terms of your divorce, you will need to follow the proper legal steps to finalize the agreement. Hiring an experienced attorney is crucial to keeping the divorce process as short as possible.

Even when your case ends up going before a judge, a skilled lawyer can keep the ball moving and give you the best chance of resolving the divorce in a timely manner – all while protecting your rights and ensuring you receive a fair result.