Speeding up your divorce calls for a team effort. The good news is that if it goes uncontested, you are already on the right path. The bad news is that your ex can still delay the process by dragging their feet. Not legally contesting a divorce does not always mean the person will not seek other ways to drag things out.
In these instances, there is little the other spouse can do to make things go faster. Still, all is not lost. USA Today provides the following tips for a fast and affordable divorce.
Do not delay the divorce decision
If you have a specific divorce date in mind, it is a good idea to air your decision as soon as possible. The sooner you do so, the sooner it will all be over. Keep in mind that Georgia has a one-year separation wait time for most divorces with a few exceptions for special circumstances.
Make one person pay
If money is slowing down the process and there is a big income gap, there are two options to consider. If you are the former breadwinner, offer to pay to move things along more quickly. If you are not the breadwinner, it might be possible to petition courts to get the other person to pay based on their higher earning power.
Close joint accounts
The fewer joint assets to account for, the faster the process might go. Separate accounts may also help to prove separation for the divorce. Bank accounts are the first to go. When possible, refinancing joint loans is not a bad idea either. If there is a wide income disparity and the other person has no credit history and no independent income, this may not be possible or fair.
When couples work together, they can speed up the process. Maintaining an amicable divorce and being reasonable about compromises is also important.