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Like the myth of the common law spouse, there is actually no such thing as a quickie divorce.
Despite the wealth and celebrity of new divorcees who find their ways into our tabloids, they have to follow the exact process which anyone else would have to follow in order to obtain a divorce. What the press are actually referring to here is the family court hearing for the parties decree nisi and not a final divorce at all.
To get to this point in the divorce process, the Respondent to the divorce proceedings has to acknowledge receipt of the Petitioner’s divorce petition and this allows the Petitioner to lodge with the court his or her application for a decree nisi.
The decree nisi is the stage where the court will declare the Petitioner has grounds for a divorce and will place the parties names in a list on a future date to pronounce the decree nisi in open court. In reality very few people will actually attend the court hearing for the pronouncement of the decree nisi, often only doing so if the Respondent objects to an application by the Petitioner for an order that the Petitioner’s legal costs should be met by the Respondent.
This process is not quick. Even if both parties co-operate entirely in the process, it is likely to be at the very least 4-6 weeks into the divorce process before the decree nisi is pronounced by the court.
That doesn't mark the end of the divorce process either. The marriage will not be dissolved by the pronouncement of the decree nisi. In fact, the Petitioner will need to wait a further 6 weeks before being able to make an application for the decree absolute, at which point the divorce will be finalised.
And double nul points to the Daily Mail for reporting Mrs Lomas’ divorce was dealt with by Manchester Crown Court. The Crown Court deals with crimes and has no jurisdiction over divorces whatsoever!
The process of ending a marriage through a divorce takes time. Divorce law has a strict set of stages that must be followed in order to end your marriage or to dissolve your civil partnership. These stages have waiting periods built in to allow your partner to respond if they wish to oppose the divorce or they have matters to resolve with you. In divorce law generally speaking it takes around 6 months to complete divorce proceedings in cases where there are no financial issues between you and your partner. Resolving financial matters in divorce law can slow down the divorce process; in many cases it can take up to a year to complete the process and possibly longer in complex cases.
At Canter Levin & Berg our expert divorce law solicitors are here to help you to end your relationship in a way that allows you the freedom to get on with your life and gets you the right outcome. For a full discussion with one of our divorce law experts about ending your marriage or dissolving your civil partnership you can contact our offices today. Call the family law department on 0151 239 1000 today and Rebecca or one of other divorce solicitors will get back in touch with you to discuss your situation, the financial implications of a divorce and your legal options.