How long will your divorce take in 2017?
The question “how long does a divorce take” is the second most frequently asked question our advisors receive over the phones after, “how much does a divorce cost“.
The divorce process in England and Wales is the SAME for every divorce case and unless there are complications, each undefended divorce goes through exactly the same process.
This, however, does not mean that every uncontested divorce takes the same amount of time to complete.
According to the government statistics, the average divorce took 33 weeks to complete in 2015, which was over 8 weeks longer than the average divorce handled by QuickeDivorce.
Updated as of 8th September 2017: The courts and regional divorce centres have now got up to speed with the backlog of work from 2015/2016 and are processing divorce cases much quicker.
The average divorce in 2017 with QuickeDivorce has taken 18-20 weeks from start-to-finish, which is nearly 8 weeks quicker than most other online providers or solicitors are reporting.
The Divorce Process you need to follow
As we’ve previously mentioned, the divorce process is largely the same for everyone regardless of which ground for divorce you choose to file for divorce.
Before you need to know how long the divorce process may take you to complete, it worth knowing the actual process that needs following in order for you to receive your decree absolute.
Here’s how the divorce process work;
- File a D8 Divorce Petition(This is the main document in any divorce and must be completed correctly for a judge to proceed to the second stage of a divorce, (decree Nisi)
- Responding to a Divorce Petition(If you are the Petitioner, e.g. the person filing the divorce then you must wait for your ex-partner to complete and return a form to the court known as the Acknowledgement of Service)
- Application for Decree Nisi (Approx. 8 weeks)The decree nisi is a legal document that states that you are entitled to a divorce and that the judge is happy for your divorce to proceed.
- Application for Decree Absolute (Approx. 2 weeks)Once your decree Nisi has been granted, you are then able to apply for your decree absolute, which is the document that legally ends your marriage and formalises your divorce. This can only be applied for 6 weeks and 1 day after the decree nisi has been pronounced.
This brief overview of the divorce process shows you the approximate timings of each stage.
QuickeDivorce can make sure that each stage of the divorce process is completed efficiently and thus ensuring that your divorce is completed as quickly as possible.
If my divorce is agreed will it be quicker
No, unfortunately being in agreement will not actually make your divorce quicker.
There are however things you can do to make it quicker and we at QuickeDivorce can reduce the time a divorce can take because of our use of technology and expertise in preparing and filing undefended divorces.
How long will my divorce actually take
If your divorce is not contested by your spouse, then we would be confident in getting your final decree within 24-28 weeks.
The amount of time it takes to get a divorce depends on several factors, including;
- How long your spouse takes to respond to the divorce petition that has been sent to the by the court, known as the acknowledgement of service.
- What grounds for divorce you are using to file for divorce, as if you don’t know your spouse’s whereabouts you will need to try and locate them through friends, family, social networks etc before you can file for divorce.
- How you chose to apply for divorce, e.g. if you chose to complete your own divorce papers and make any errors, this can increase the length of your divorce by 4-8 weeks. (Using QuickeDivorce guarantees that this doesn’t happen to you)
- Although not essential to the divorce, reaching an amicable arrangement for your assets and finances can reduce the time it actually takes to get a divorce, but won’t speed up the actual divorce process.
- How long you take to apply for the decree nisi and decree absolute (we are efficient at sending these documents to the court to help speed up your divorce).
- How efficient the court staff are at processing your application, which will depend on their workload at the time they receive your divorce papers.
Why does a divorce take so long?
The main reason divorce cases are taking so long in 2016 is because of the divorce process at court.
Divorces used to take a lot less time until 2015 when the Government introduced regional court centres.
In most parts of 2015, it wasn’t uncommon for a divorce to finalise within 14-16 weeks, in fact, most uncontested divorce cases we handled did take that length of time to complete.
The intention with the new regional divorce centres is to have a limited number of centres that just deal with the divorce side of family law.
The result, however, has not worked out as intended and as a result has actually slowed down the divorce process.
Hopefully, this is just a bedding process. However, we are still considerably quicker than the majority of other firms providing this service, with the average divorce case in the UK taking 33 weeks.
How we can make your divorce quicker
- Technology – We use technology to speed up the longwinded admin side of the process.
- Trained and experienced staff – We only deal with divorce so our staff are trained to deal with all eventualities.
- Online case tracker – You can track the progress of your case online and request updates whenever you want.
- Secure email – We communicate directly with the court’s staff via secure email to make getting updated quicker and easier.
I see other companies advertising quicker divorces
We know there are other companies who will tell you it takes 12 weeks or thereabouts, but they are quite simply lying to get your business.
Once you are in the process, they know you are not going to change companies and as they do not get repeat business, are not bothered if they have lied to you or not.
We are honest, open and above board on how long a divorce takes and we want you to have a realistic timescale you can work too.
Call 01793 384 032 now and speak to an adviser about our low-cost divorce packages.