How long does a divorce take?

“Divorce process uk timelines” is not a phrase you would think would be typed into a search engine, but according to a trusted long tail keyword research tool, this was the twentieth most popular phrase to to be used on Divorce-Online in the first week of January or a variation of it.

How long does a divorce take?

One of the major questions we get here at Divorce Online, is “how long is my divorce going to take”. It appears to be THE major consideration for people when they are getting divorced online.

Without wishing to criticize the media ( but I am going to), potential divorcees, seem to think a divorce can be done in a few weeks, because they have read headlines that say, something like ” X celebrity quickie divorces in 3 weeks”.

This quickie divorce myth is so misleading as, they are only referring to the Decree Nisi, which is the first decree in a divorce. This is not the final decree of divorce, that comes at least 6 weeks later. Of course if you have a lot of money, you can pay a London lawyer to expedite the process timeline by both parties attending The High Court  in London and dealing with the filing of the petition and the signing of the acknowledgment on the same day, but in order to do this an appointment has to be made with the court and they will only do this if there is a good reason to do so.

How long for a decree nisi?

The normal divorce process for the rest of us actually is quite slow and boring and depending on where you live can take up to 4 months to get a decree nisi and 12 months for the decree absolute.

The average time for a divorce to reach decree absolute  in England and Wales was 33 weeks in the first half of 2014 according to the Office For National Statistics. The reason for this is austerity and cuts to the court service and the withdrawal of legal aid from 99% of private family law cases, meaning every court is dealing with people attempting to run their own divorce, custody and access proceedings, creating massive delays which knock on to even the simplest divorce.

12 weeks quickie divorce websites.

To be frank, some highly dubious, so called quickie divorce websites advertise a 12 week divorce, but this is impossible in 2014 and of course they are happy to take peoples money, because once you have started, you are not going to back out. A very clever marketing tactic but also highly illegal and misleading. There is no chance whatsoever that they can do a divorce in 12 weeks, even as an average.  Please check before you decide to use one of these websites as to their qualifications, whether they have any trading standards complaints, their reviews etc, by doing some simple google research. Advertising as a quickie divorce  does not actually mean quick. They will also try and upgrade you from a very cheap package to a very expensive package with the promise of making it quicker.

Divorce timescale at Divorce Online

The average timescale for a standard divorce case, without complications at Divorce-Online in 2014 has been 16.5 weeks, an increase of 1.5 weeks over 2013. So you can see we are honest about how long a divorce will take, because we would like you to give our service a great review and meet your expectations.

If you would like to use an online divorce service that is honest about how long a divorce takes and has been approved by Trading Standards call 01793 384 029 and speak to our friendly advisers.

Mark Keenan

About Mark Keenan

Editor of the Divorce Online blog

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