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Nearly a year to get a divorce

Ministry of Justice statistics reveal on average it takes nearly a year to get a divorce.

This is despite the introduction of online applications and more centralised working.

It is taking 26.7 weeks for couples to be granted a decree nisi. Then a further 24.6 weeks to reach decree absolute to finalise the divorce.

That is 51.3 weeks (nearly a whole year) to get from divorce petition to decree absolute.

Samantha Lee, Head of Family Law at Swain & Co Solicitors comments,

“This divorce reality is scary. This is people’s lives. Families living with uncertainty and lacking closure. Having to wait nearly a year to get a divorce is unacceptable.”

Courts cannot approve or impose any settlements for you until you have a decree nisi. Nor can any financial order be made.

This could mean couples having to live together for longer than necessary.

The Ministry of Justice announced last month that to try and speed up the process it has introduced a totally digital divorce application.. This system is expected to reduce court staff checking divorce petitions, saving 13000 hours.

Samantha says,

“Our team of family lawyers are dedicated to you. We will do everything we can to ensure your divorce proceedings are dealt with at your pace.”

“You may need time to absorb and deal with the breakdown of your marriage. You may need time to let children adjust also, while you work out the best way of co-parenting. Or you may be seeking closure as quickly as possible.”

“We are right beside you, every step of the way.”

Need more information or just a free telephone consultation, you can call us on 02392 483322 or drop us an enquiry and we can call you back.

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