If you have reached agreements through mediation or each with your own lawyer and these are laid down in a divorce agreement, the time required for the divorce proceedings is tolerable.
Without complicating factors, three to five meetings take place with intervening periods of approximately two to three weeks. You partly determine this yourself. The agreements reached are laid down in the divorce agreement. After the divorce agreement has been signed, it is attached to the joint divorce petition and submitted to the court, after which the court will grant the divorce after approximately four weeks. The divorce decree must then be registered in the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This finalises the divorce.
If you do not reach an agreement, either of you will submit a divorce petition to the court. The other party must respond to this with a defence within a term of maximum 10 weeks. Oral proceedings in court will follow within several months, unless a counterpetition is formulated in the defence. This can be responded to within a period of maximum 8 weeks. During the oral proceedings you can explain your points of view. The judge will ask questions. The decision (decree) will usually follow after approximately 4 weeks. After this, an appeal is possible.