What Makes a Divorce Take Longer?
Situations like the below can often make the divorce process take longer as they have to be dealt with separately and can be the source of intense friction and, therefore, delays:
- if one party doesn’t want to divorce;
- if you have children and need to sort child arrangements and financial support;
- if you own property together or have many shared assets.
3 Ways to Speed the Divorce Process up
If you want your divorce to be over as quickly as possible, it’s vitally important that you:
1. Make Sure Your Partner Agrees to the Divorce
Currently, if your partner doesn’t want to get a divorce or you can’t agree on the reason why you’re getting one, it can cause friction and stop your case from moving forwards.
However, it’s worth knowing that from 6th April 2022, you’ll be able to apply for a No-Fault Divorce. This means that couples won’t have to agree on the grounds for getting a divorce if the marriage has broken down through no fault of anyone. There will be a 20-week cooling-off period though, to give couples the opportunity to work through their differences before committing to a divorce.
We’ll be releasing further information about the new No-Fault Divorce Law in April.
If your divorce is mutual and it’s an amicable split, you could always instruct the same solicitor for a quicker divorce. Our Family Law team offers a service called Separating Together which has been proven to speed up the divorce process. Using one solicitor means there is less back and forth and less waiting for the other party to respond to emails or send documentation.
2. Be Organised and Respond Quickly
With divorce comes plenty of paperwork. Talk to your Family Law Solicitor to find out what documents and information you’re likely to need, so you can have it to hand. For example, at some point during the divorce process, you’ll need to supply your Solicitor with your marriage certificate. If you don’t have it or can’t find it, then rather than hold the entire process up as you wait for a new one to come, order a new one from the registry office as soon as you can.
If you’re using separate Solicitors for your divorce, it’s also important that you respond to all emails, phone calls, or requests for information from your Family Law Solicitor and theirs, as quickly as possible. Delays in getting answers to questions or providing the right documentation can have a knock-on effect on the time it takes for your divorce to complete.
3. Choose the Right Divorce Solicitors
If you want your divorce to go through as quickly as possible, it’s important that you instruct an experienced Divorce Lawyer to handle your divorce case. Choose one that you know you can trust, that believes in regular, open communication with their clients, and one that will be there to support you throughout the entire process.
Shop around, take advice from friends and look at customer testimonials.
For example, the Family Law team at Simpson Millar has been dealing with divorce cases for over 80 years. You can see our testimonials on Trust Pilot here