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Do ‘Quickie Divorces’ Exist?

Date: September 7th, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The term ‘quickie divorce’ is used a lot by the media when celebrities split up, but do quickie divorces actually exist?  For most people in the UK the answer is no.

The reality is that a divorce in the UK will take several months. How many months will depend on the details and complexity of the couple’s situation and also the divorce solicitor’s experience in following certain practices that will at least help speed up elements of the process.  Even without considering the complexities of a couple’s situation, all UK divorces need to include a six week gap between the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute before the divorce is formalised.

Divorce is virtually an administrative process so the actual court ruling granting a Decree Nisi, at which neither party need attend, is over within a minute or so

So why do celebrities say they are having a quickie divorce?

To some extent this might be to try and detract the media away from their situation the last thing a celebrity will want is the media reporting on a drawn-out and bitter divorce. In many cases the media will state that the celebrities have a quickie divorce, but what they may actually mean is that the financial arrangements were ‘done and dusted’ at the same time as the Decree Absolute was pronounced.  This is perfectly possible if agreement is reached in advance..

Is it ever possible to get a quickie divorce?

Not all jurisdictions across the world have the same approach to divorce as the UK.  This means that it could be possible to get divorced quickly if the couple had ties with a country whose legal system allowed for this. For instance, if the couple were from the U.S.A and the agreed to get divorced in Nevada, a quick divorce would be possible.  But if the couple live in the UK, they would have to adhere to UK laws.

If you would like more divorce advice, or international divorce advice, please contact us for more information.

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