How long does a quick divorce take if we both agree?
“How long will it take to get divorced” appears to be THE major consideration for people when they are getting divorced online.
The Government introduced regional Divorce Centres in 2015 to simplify the divorce process and ultimately speed up divorce cases.
However, the reverse has happened and practitioners reported massive delays at all divorce centres as they struggled to cope with the sheer quantity of divorce cases being filed.
The average time for an amicable divorce using our Managed Divorce Service is 16-20 weeks, which makes this service one of the quickest ways to get a divorce.
If you decide to obtain a divorce without hiring solicitors, you can actually in some cases finalise your divorce more quickly and without the dreaded excessive costs.
What is a realistic timeframe for a divorce?
Divorce centres are reporting more normal timescales for standard divorce cases where both parties agree, which is around 22-24 weeks.
This is a significant decrease in the completion time for divorce since the implementation of regional divorce centres, which will be welcome news to divorce applicants.
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.
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.
Every court is dealing with people attempting to run their own divorce, custody and access proceedings, creating massive delays, which knocks on to even the simplest of divorces.
All divorces are now processed at regional divorce centres rather than in your local county court.
What are the stages of a divorce?
A simple walk-through of the divorce procedure in England and Wales with rough estimates around how long each stage should take you to complete.
File a Divorce Petition (D8)
To start divorce proceedings you must complete the divorce petition form and file it with the court alongside any required court fee payment and your marriage certificate.
Acknowledgement of Service
The court will send a copy of the divorce papers to your spouse alongside a form that is known as the Acknowledgement of Service form. This form is to be completed by your spouse, usually within 7 days and will determine how quickly your divorce can progress.
Once the court has reviewed the Acknowledgement of Service form and they can see no reason why your divorce can’t be granted, you will be given a ‘decree nisi pronouncement’ date.
This date indicates when you can apply for the final decree so end your marriage. (Approx. 6-7 weeks)
Decree Absolute Application
After a period of 6 weeks and 1 day, you can now apply to the court to end your marriage by completing a decree absolute application.
This usually takes between 2-3 weeks for the court to grant you the divorce and post the decree absolute to you.
If you happen to live in London, you should expect your divorce to take longer due to court delays. You can read more about getting a quick divorce in London and how we can help you achieve a divorce under half the national average.
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 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 20 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.
How long does a divorce take with Divorce-Online.co.uk?
The average timescale for a standard divorce case without complications at Divorce-Online in 2020 is 18-20 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 a secure courier to deliver and receive documents from the court and do not charge for postage if you prefer not to download documents online.
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Compare Our Timescales vs High-Street Solicitors
Are you looking for a quick divorce? If so, then we suggest reviewing our honest comparison of the average timescales when looking at high-street solicitors vs our online divorce services.
The average case handled by high-street solicitors takes 28-32 weeks.
The average case handled by Divorce-Online takes 18-20 weeks.