How long does a divorce take if we both agree?

The national average time for a divorce if you both agree is 33 weeks according to the UK Government.

The average time for an agreed divorce using our managed services at Divorce-Online is 14-16 weeks.

One of the major questions we get on the phones at  Divorce Online, is “how long is my divorce going to take, we both agree to it, it should be quicker?”. It appears to be THE major consideration for people when they are getting divorced online. The problem is every divorce goes through the same procedure in every court, so whether it is agreed or not actually does not matter, 99% of all divorces filed are undefended so the fact your divorce is agreed won’t help you get it processed any quicker.

How long is it between the filing of a divorce petition and  a decree absolute?

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.

Beware of “Quickie Divorce “websites who say they can divorce you in weeks!

To be frank, some highly dubious, so called quickie divorce websites advertise a 12 week divorce if you agree, but this is nearly impossible in 2014 for the reasons we have already given in this blog post.

Telling potential customers that your divorce can be completed in 12 weeks with them knowing a more accurate time for the average divorce is closer to 15 weeks.

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, even if you agree.

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.

Divorce timescale at Divorce Online

The average timescale for a standard divorce case, without complications at Divorce-Online in 2014 has been 14-16 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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