There are two time frames to consider in your divorce process: the time it takes to conclude the terms of your divorce, either by agreement or a judge’s decision, and the six-month waiting period.
Settling your case: The amount of time it takes to settle your case will depend on how much conflict there is between you and your spouse, how many issues you have to resolve, and what type of process you choose. It can take several weeks or several years, though many non-adversarial, out-of-court cases can be resolved in a matter of months.
The six-month waiting period: The six-month waiting period starts when your spouse receives the initial divorce paperwork, not when you file the papers or move out. This does not mean you have six months to resolve your case. It also does not mean you will be divorced in six months. It simply means your marriage/domestic partnership cannot be “dissolved” until the six-month waiting period has passed. In other words, until you are divorced, you are still married.