To add some perspective to your thinking, keep in mind that your divorce may be very complicated or your divorce may be very simple. As a safe rule of thumb the longer you and your opposing spouse have been married, the more complicated your divorce case is going to be because as time passes, you and your opposing spouse have had more opportunities to build the marital estate. This means that with the passage of time, you and your opposing spouse have acquired more property, more debt, and more financial assets than a couple that has just been married for a few short years.
That being said, the more property, debt, and financial assets you and your opposing spouse have acquired, then the more complex you can expect your divorce case to be.
The same rule of thumb applies to the issue of child custody. On the one hand, if you and your opposing spouse have only been married for a few short years and you all do not have any children together, then naturally the issues of custody, visitation, and child support will not have to litigated during your divorce case which will help simplify the process considerably.
On the other hand, if you and your opposing spouse have been for say ten years or longer, and you all have three children together who are under the age of ten, then you can reasonably expect that the issues of custody, visitation, and child support will add a layer of complexity to the litigation process.
To be concise, your divorce may be ‘very complicated’ or it may be ‘very simple’. Regardless of the level of complexity and the number of legal issues involved, it is true, no divorce is ‘easy’. – Matt Ingham