The truth about 12 week divorces – how long divorce really takes.
Every week we get phone calls from people asking for the 12-week divorce service. They are often surprised when we explain that a 12-week divorce service doesn’t exist. We’ve seen it advertised they protest. And indeed they have.
Unscrupulous divorce providers promote their company with promises of a 12-week divorce. These tend to be the same companies that advertise ‘Online Divorce For Just £37 – No Court Fees.’ This misleads people into thinking that anyone can avoid the £550 court fees. (Spoiler Alert – you can’t, except in special circumstances – for more on this, go here).
So how long does a divorce really take? And what can you do to speed the process up? To find out, read on.
How long does a divorce take?
I’ve got good news and bad news. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.
The latest figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that the average time it takes from filing the divorce petition to obtaining the decree absolute to end the marriage is a painfully long 53 weeks!
But wait! Don’t give up yet. I did promise good news too. As an online divorce professional, I’ve never seen a divorce take 53 weeks. A divorce where both parties agree typically takes four to six months when using an online service. It is high street solicitors and DIY paper filings that take the longest.
Every divorce is different, as every couple has unique circumstances. For an accurate time estimate, you can email us or call us on 020 4530 8101.
The rest of this article will explain what you can do to get your divorce through at the fastest possible rate.
How to divorce in the quickest time possible.
When thinking about speeding up the divorce process, it helps think of divorce in two ways—the emotional and physical separation of two people, and the administrative, legal process.
The court’s staff mainly completes the legal process. While you can’t influence when they work on your case, you can help speed up the process when they are by doing the following:
- Make sure you use valid grounds on your divorce
- Find your marriage certificate and make sure the dates and names on the divorce petition match.
- Ensure all other details on the divorce petition are correct – no typos – and understand what the options mean.
- Pay the court fees at the same time as you file the divorce.
- Respond promptly to all paperwork
Often more challenging is speeding up or removing the obstacles that get in the path of couples divorcing quickly.
The number one thing that slows down a divorce is the spouse’s disagreeing to the divorce or disagreeing about the reasons for divorce. This is why it’s beneficial to try and agree on the grounds for divorce with your spouse. For more details on grounds for divorce, read this article.
By agreeing on the reasons for divorce, you avoid the risk of your spouse defending the divorce. This keeps you both out of the courts and away from expensive legal battles.
It is also helpful to keep communication open during the divorce so that your spouse can anticipate the arrival of the paperwork and complete and return it promptly.
The importance of choosing the right company
The final important factor for a quick divorce is choosing the right company to manage your divorce. The fastest and easiest way to get a divorce is to use an online company such as Easy Online Divorce.
Online Divorce Providers v Traditional Solicitors
Online divorce companies typically get better results than solicitors because their business focuses on processing divorces as quickly as possible. This means encouraging divorcing couples to seek agreement and have an amicable divorce.
A solicitor, on the other hand, typically charges by the hour and gets paid for every email, phone call and meeting. They is no incentive for them to achieve rapid resolutions and amicable divorces. They make more money when arguments drag out the divorce process.
Paper filing v Electronic Filings
When selecting a divorce provider, you can work out how fast your divorce might be by asking the company how they will file your divorce. If they say a paper filing by post, you will know your divorce will take longer. The current challenges of the postal service and court staff working from home mean that paper-based divorces take six months and longer.
Only a company, such as Easy Online Divorce, approved to use HM Court and Tribunals computer systems, can file divorces electronically and directly into the Justice Departments systems, to achieve the fastest divorce times. We don’t have to rely on the postal system for the signing of documents.
But even with these advantages, we never over-promise our customers. In most cases, we tend to estimate an average of four months to manage expectations and avoid disappointment.
Round the clock v office hours support
It is also worth finding out when support is available. Many companies will only offer help and assistance during office working hours and fail to consider busy lifestyles.
Easy Online Divorce knows how important it is to support its customers throughout the online divorce process and is on hand during evenings and weekends to provide support and assistance when needed.
Do they understand you?
Finally, before you choose a company, call them up and have a chat about your situation. Get a feel for the people who will work on your case. Do they understand you? Do they genuinely want to help? Have they got the experience and life skills to help you navigate through your divorce? This will give you a sense for whether they have your best interests at heart.
How Easy Online Divorce can help you
If you want to get a divorce, we are here to help. Not only are our team are highly trained and knowledgeable; they have life experiences. They have been through divorce and know how you feel.
Unlike high-street solicitors, we use the latest technology to provide the most convenient, fast and cost-effective divorce in the UK. When you use our service you don’t need to:
- Waste time visiting offices to provide paperwork
- Get frustrated from being passed around secretaries and receptionists
- Spend over £180 per hour on legal fees with no control over costs
- Wait over nine months to finalise your divorce
Easy Online Divorce is the perfect solution for people looking to save time, stress and money when seeking a divorce. We can handle everything for you so that you can carry on with your life without the stress, worry or excessive legal fees.
How much does an Easy Online Divorce cost?
Our fully managed divorce costs only £169 and is backed by a success guarantee. We have made our divorce process so simple that you can begin your divorce proceedings in less than 5 minutes from home or work without needing to take any time off work or learn any complicated legal jargon.
We will keep you up to date throughout the process, but if you do need us, we are available to help you as quickly as possible. We have the longest opening hours of any divorce company in the UK, which means that you can get in touch with us when YOU need us via email or telephone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do the grounds for divorce affect the timescales?
The reason for your divorce doesn’t affect the length of the divorce process, but they do play a role in how long it takes for you to obtain a divorce.
Using adultery as a reason for divorce could seriously delay your divorce if your spouse decides to defend against the allegation. Read more about the pros and cons of using adultery here.
If you don’t use adultery or unreasonable behaviour, you will have to wait until you have lived apart for two years. The problem with two years separation is that you need your spouse’s agreement to the divorce. If they disagree, you will have to wait until you have been separated for five years because you do not need their agreement for this.
These problems will go away with the introduction of the no-fault divorce this autumn. Until then, if you are concerned about your spouse’s willingness to agree to a divorce, get in touch and talk to one of our team who can advise you of different approaches that you could use.