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I’m a celebrity… get me a quickie divorce

09.01.2015

If you read any newspaper or gossip magazine these days there will inevitably be stories regarding celebrity couples who have been married 5 minutes and are getting a quickie divorce. But in reality is there such a thing? Our family law experts here at Barcan+Kirby dispel the myths.

Getting divorced in the UK requires couples to go through a number of legal stages and this applies to everyone regardless of fame or wealth. It is worth pointing out that these stages and indeed timescales of any divorce depend whether it is contested or uncontested.

Usually if the divorce is uncontested the process is less complicated and may take less time. For example if the couple divorcing have no children, no assets to share and no disputes over money, then the process can be straightforward. However if there are disputes and there is a breakdown in communication between both parties, this will take longer to resolve.

Getting divorced is a complicated decision and needs to be thought through, as are any major decisions in life. When you buy a house you engage in a process and seek expert help. You view the property a few times, check out the local schools and amenities, negotiate a price, carry out surveys, arrange a mortgage, etc. It is important that, when considering getting divorced, you find a legal expert who can guide you through the process to achieve the best outcome for you and give you that essential peace of mind that everything has been done properly and in your best interests.

In recent years there have been a growing number of online companies offering a quick divorce for under £100. Some may be tempted by the speed and cost, but can they really deliver this service? Many of these companies offer a basic service and cannot always guarantee a “quick” divorce as this timetable is controlled to a significant extent by the Court (e.g. processing paperwork, serving documents, hearings, etc.). In addition to this there is a mandatory 6 weeks between granting the decree nisi and decree absolute. It is estimated that even an uncontested divorce can take 4 to 5 months. It is also important to be aware of the implications on inheritance and property rights and legal advice should always be sought.

Then there are the costs. Any company that offers a divorce for under £100 has not taken account of court fees and applications for decree nisi and decree absolute which will cost around £500.

Finally it is worth bearing in mind that there are other options to consider before going down the divorce route including mediation and collaborative law. Both of these options do not involve going to court and can prove extremely successful.

For more information call our Family Team on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

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