With the state of California requiring a six month waiting period before the dissolution of a marriage, the minimum amount of time it can take to get a divorce is six months. However, every divorce proceeding is unique and how long it takes to finalize depends on several factors, including how fast the divorcing couple resolve child custody and property disputes. Therefore, while an uncontested divorce can take at least six months to resolve, contested divorce proceedings can take a year to several years to finalize.

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