I recently concluded a 3 year, 4-day, custody trial. The matter began 3 years ago on an emergency basis, removing custody of a child from one parent, due to their conduct, and placing custody with the other parent.
The matter took three years because it was in two different Courts; Youth Court and Chancery Court. There was a lawyer change about a year into the matter and it took some time to have the matter transferred from one Court to the other.
There were Orders regarding pyschological evaluations and parenting classes and requirements of completing those processes. Also, the delay benefited the party that had emergency custody, so having it concluded sooner was not a huge priority. It also took a long time to get to the trial setting. It was set months in advance but due to the Court docket being backed up it was not quick. Also, when the matter was not finished on the day set for trial, you do not just go back the next day, you get another setting months down the road.
This, however, is by no means a standard time frame, but it does happen. During the three years both parties wavered on pursuing the matter to the end, on compromising and just giving up. But, perseverance prevailed. Justice prevailed and the Court ultimately ruled on Custody and what was in the best interest of the child.
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney in Mississippi and can attest that perseverance can win the race.