How long will it take to resolve your South Carolina child custody battle? When will your divorce or separation finally “wrap up”? These questions depend on context and factors such as:
- The number of children (and ages of kids) involved in a child custody dispute;
- The size and complexity of the martial estate;
- How far apart you and your ex are, with respect to key negotiating points;
- Critical points of law;
- The behavior of your ex-spouse and kids.
- How many other cases are ahead of you on the court docket?
- How much time will your case need to be heard? It takes longer to get a 1 day hearing than a 30 minute hearing!
The moral is that trying to predict the length of your dispute is nearly impossible, even if you have a lot of information about your needs, and even if your case is fairly straightforward.
So how can you set your expectations?
This is a hugely important question to ponder. In an upcoming blog post, we’ll go through an exercise to help you get clarity. For now, just appreciate that the uncertainty about your case, in of itself, can create stress. For example, let’s say you don’t know how your child custody arrangement will play out. As a result, you may not be able to plan your work projects or set your budget. The uncertainty can create annoying ripples elsewhere in your life. If you need to drive out of state every other weekend to see your kids, you may have trouble setting a social schedule, dating, doing work, etc.
The stress of the child custody battle can be pretty intense. But the stress of the uncertainty created that battle is a different animal. Your case could wrap up in three months, or it could stretch on for three years or longer. (Consider the famous custody battle between Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, for instance, which lasted nearly a decade before resolving decisively in favor of Kim Basinger.)
We’ll discuss more about how to manage this uncertainty soon. For now, if you need help with your family law case, call or email the team at the Toussaint Law Firm, PC.