“How long will it take to get divorced” appears to be THE major consideration for people when they are getting divorced online.
Recent average timescales for divorce
- The national average time for a divorce in 2014 was 33 weeks.
- The national average time for a divorce in 2015 was 30 weeks.
- The national average time for a divorce in 2016 was 26 weeks.
As of April 2017 the average time for an amicable divorce using our Managed Divorce Service was 18-20 weeks.
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The Government introduced regional Divorce Centres in 2015, which were designed to simplify the process and speed up divorce cases.
The reverse has happened and practitioners are reporting massive delays at all divorce centres as they struggle to cope with the quantity of divorce cases being filed.
Update – 3rd March 2017: Divorce centres are now reporting more normal timescales for standard divorce cases where both parties agree, which is around 24-25 weeks.
This is a significant decrease in the completion time for a divorce since the implementation of regional divorce centres, which will be welcome news to divorce applicants in 2017.
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?”.
The problem is that 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 that your divorce is agreed won’t help you get it processed any quicker.
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How long is it between the filing of a divorce petition and receiving the decree absolute?
The normal divorce process for the rest of us is actually 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 these timescales are because of austerity, the cuts to the court service and the withdrawal of legal aid from 99% of private family law cases.
This has meant that 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 of divorces.
All divorces are now processed at regional divorce centers rather than in your local county court.
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 2017 for the reasons we have already given in this blog post.
Telling potential customers that your divorce can be completed in 12 weeks is misleading with a more accurate time for the average divorce is closer to 22-24 weeks.
Of course they are happy to take your 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, it is just a name.
We are upfront and honest about divorce timescales.
Divorce timescales at Divorce-Online
The average timescale for a standard divorce case without complications at Divorce-Online in 2017 is 20 weeks.
As 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.
We use secure courier to deliver and receive documents from the court and do not charge for postage if you prefer not to download documents online.
Using our Managed Divorce will ensure you divorce quicker than doing it yourself or by using a solicitor.