What’s a “Quickie Divorce”?
The media often give the general public the impression that people can obtain “quickie divorces” as opposed to “slow divorces”.
In reality, there is a strict procedure that all divorces follow in England and Wales, regardless of who you are or how keen you are to get it done.
How long does a divorce really take?
The speed of your divorce is influenced by the behaviour of three sets of people:
- Whether or not your solicitor is proactive;
- Whether or not the Respondent buries their heads in the sand or defends the proceedings;
- Whether or not the court deals with matters promptly.
And if all goes smoothly?
In an undefended divorce, it is common to reach Decree Nisi stage within 3 to 4 months, and then it is up to the parties to decide whether to apply for Decree Absolute 6 weeks later or wait until finances have been resolved.
You aren’t divorced until you have your Decree Absolute.
Don’t fall into the trap of using an online service that promises a quickie divorce but could prejudice your case in the long term. Often, your case will be handled by an unqualified “form-filler” who doesn’t know the law and might lead to you losing important financial claims.