How long does a divorce take?

A divorce can be issued 1 year after the date of the marriage

As a minimum it can take 6 months from the time in which a petition is issued by the Court and a divorce to be finalised.

Divorce can take around 1 year to finalise, if there are outstanding financial matters which need to be considered.

There are different stages of a divorce application which can take time to be processed and this is why it can take between 6 months to a year.

If you and your ex partner are in agreement to a divorce being applied for, then this can help to make the process quicker. However if your ex partner does not agree to a divorce or if you are no longer sure where they are living, this may affect the duration of the divorce proceedings.

There is unfortunately no way of fast tracking a divorce, even though the press are always reporting that a celebrity was granted a “quick divorce”.

It is important to ensure that you have all your documentation to apply for a divorce which is your original marriage certificate and a translation if the certificate is not in English.

You will then need to draft a divorce petition and ensure that this is completed accurately as any mistakes or missed sections may mean that the petition is rejected and will be returned to you.

You will need to ensure that you send three copies of the signed petition as well as your original marriage certificate to the Court.

There is a court fee of £550 to issue a divorce and if you are on a low income, you may be able to apply for a fee remission to be exempt from paying this fee. You will need proof of your financial circumstances along with this application.

Once a petition has been sent to Court, you will need to ensure that the petition is served on your former partner to ensure that they have notice of the proceedings.

The application is then separated into different stages and you must then complete the necessary documentation to obtain the Decree Absolute which is the divorce.

If you wish to arrange a consultation with me to discuss the above, please contact me on 0115 923 2193.