How Long Does Divorce Take?


A divorce in England or Wales can take as little as 4-6 months if you and your former partner agree on the terms of your divorce and all the paper work is filed quickly. But it’s important to know that the Courts are taking a considerable time to process documents at the moment, due to backlog from the pandemic, so it could take longer.

And there’s a lot to think about when you get a divorce, so it’s important you make sure you’re both on the same page. You should talk to each other about:

  • How your finances will be divided
  • Who will stay in the family home, or if you will sell it
  • Arranging childcare

It’s important to remember that while 4-6 months is a good timeframe to work towards, if you and your former partner can’t see eye to eye then the divorce process could take longer. And the longer your divorce takes, the more expensive it could become.

If you and your partner are in agreement, then you could get a Fixed Fee Divorce. This means that for just £600 we can do all the hard work for you and you can put your mind at ease that your divorce will be over as soon as possible.

For free initial legal advice get in touch with our Divorce Solicitors.

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How to Get a Quick Divorce

While it’s important to make sure that your divorce is done properly, there are ways that you can speed up the divorce process. Here are some tips:

  1. Agree on the Grounds for Divorce

You have to state one of the 5 Grounds for Divorce in the divorce petition, and sometimes this can cause arguments. The most commonly cited reason for divorce is ‘unreasonable behaviour’, which can look offensive when written down on a divorce application. Remember it’s only your ex who has to find the behavior unreasonable, not the Judge reading the petition.

The truth is the Court aren’t really interested in why you’re getting a divorce, so it doesn’t really matter and won’t affect how your finances are divided even if the Court have to intervene. So make sure you agree with your partner on this and try not to dwell on it.

  1. Decide How You’ll Split Assets

It’s difficult splitting your matrimonial finances into two when you might have shared them for a number of years. But it’s important to try and agree with each other about who gets what, and try to be fair. One of our Solicitors can help you do this as it’s important to remember that what you might think is fair might not be what a Judge thinks is fair.

If you can’t agree you’ll have to try mediation and if that doesn’t work then the Court will decide for you, in which case you might not get everything you wanted anyway.

  1. Agree on Child Care Arrangements

Divorce can become complicated if there are children involved. Both you and your ex will want to put your children’s best interests first, but it can be stressful if you can’t agree on what their best interests are.

You could get a Child Arrangement Order to decide how often each of you should spend time with your children. It will not have an impact on the timescale of the divorce process, and could make sure you children are spending enough time with each of you. Our Family Law Solicitors can advise you on how to come to an agreement about child care.

  1. Use a Divorce Solicitor

A DIY divorce may sound like a good idea, but our Divorce Solicitors are experts at handling divorce cases. It’s easy to make a mistake on your divorce application, but it could slow proceedings down by weeks. So by getting specialist legal help, you can make sure that your divorce won’t be delayed by mistakes.

Some of our Divorce Solicitors are members of Resolution, which means we can also help you settle any disputes without them becoming too heated or ongoing. We take the emotions out of proceedings so that you can both move through the process quickly and easily.

While 6 months may still sound like a long time, it’s important to know that you won’t be bogged down by paperwork for months. Often the timeframes are dictated by the Courts processing the application and the fact that you have to wait at least 43 days between applying for the Decree Nisi and the Decree Absolute.

We know that divorce can be a difficult time and you might want it to be over with as soon as possible, but you should make sure your finances and child care are properly arranged so that you can move on in the best way possible. We can help you with any issues that your divorce might bring up.

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