It usually takes a minimum of 60 days after the claim for absolute divorce is filed for the divorce to become final. However, this step is preceded by 12 months of separation. Each divorce is unique so there may be other factors that take more time to work out. Some divorces are final within the time described here. Other divorces, particularly acrimonious ones, can take longer if the parties don’t agree on the date of separation, or one party contests residency, or one party alleges they have reconciled since they separated among other reasons.