Following the last blog on quick divorce, it made me think about the number of divorces we did last year where we were able to assist couples to a quick divorce, taking only 12 weeks. That really is quite astonishing when you consider in past years it would take 9-12 months.
But we must stress we are talking only about quick divorces where no Financial Agreement is required. We believe that a divorce could be as quick as 8 weeks, if the Decree Nisi application was not sat in the Judge’s in-tray for so long before they granted a certificate of entitlement, after which a further date is set- normally 2-3 weeks from the date of the certificate. We ask why is it necessary when the court has a signed acknowledgement showing that the Respondent is also in agreement to the divorce? And what’s worse is that the process is called ‘application to trial’ which can often frighten people with visions of having to go to court, standing before a judge and being questioned, when it really isn’t like that. You don’t have to go to court anymore- but they haven’t changed the terminology.
So although we can push through our paperwork on time every time, a quick divorce currently is 12 weeks. But perhaps one day it will reduce to 8 weeks.
But remember- never to push for a quick divorce if it is not the right path for you. No matter how much you want to move on with your life, securing a Financial Agreement if you have shared assets or children is vital. Many people assume Decree Absolute is automatic after the 6 weeks date from Decree Nisi but it is not, it is a separate application which must be made to make the divorce official.