It is not all that uncommon to see a news story about a celebrity divorce or celebrity child custody matter that has dragged on for quite a long time. This may lead people to see family law proceedings as things that can go rather glacially slow. However, some family law matters can go at a very rapid pace. For example, here in Maryland, protective order proceedings related to domestic violence often happen in very compressed time-frames.
Take, for example, the time-frame following the issuing of a Temporary Protective Order in relation to a domestic violence incident. One of the big issues following the issuing of such an order is whether a final Protective Order will be issued in relation to the incident. A Temporary Protective Order typically only lasts seven days, while final Protective Orders can be more long-lasting.