Divorce Lawyer, Cordell & Cordell
The length of time a divorce case takes to reach resolution is entirely dependent on the facts and circumstances in that case.
Uncontested cases – cases in which there are absolutely no disagreements as to any issues in the divorce – can be resolved rather quickly. But contested cases involving child custody agreements can take much longer to resolve, sometimes as long as a few years.
In my experience, contested custody matters can often take some time to reach the judge's trial calendar so it is not uncommon for those actions to take one to two years to reach a final conclusion.
There are many factors which could result in a delay of the court hearing the case.
For example, the court may have ordered custody evaluations, the children may have to be treated by child psychologists, a Guardian ad Litem may have been ordered by the court to investigate the case, etc.
It will often take some time and effort for these professionals to complete their investigations.
Once the court has issued its ruling, you do have options if there is a delay in the judge actually issuing the final order.
I recommend that you make a written request to the judge requesting that he enter the order. Your request for an order may just require some simple follow up.
If the case went to trial then the judge likely ordered one of the parties to draft the order. If you have already provided a draft of the proposed order to the judge, then I would simply provide it to him again, reminding him of when the case was heard in his court, and that you would like some finality to this matter.
If you don’t receive an order after your first written request, I would again follow up with written requests every couple of weeks. Unless the other party is objecting to the language that you included in the proposed order, I am sure the judge will sign the order in response to a very respectful, courteous written request.
As always, each party's respective approach toward litigation (cooperative, difficult, just out to make the other party mad, etc.) always influences the time a case takes to reach a final resolution.