One of the most frequently asked questions of a Family Lawyer is how long will it take to get divorced. Unfortunately this is not always an easy question to answer. The divorce process will usually take between 4 to 6 months. However, this process can be delayed by many factors. If the Court is busy and have backlogs for example, this will add time to the process.
Additionally, the other party may be un-cooperative and failure to return documents when required to do so will necessitate further work and possibly the personal service of documents. This will take time and will delay the process. 4 to 6 months can easily become 6 – 8 months.
Whilst the divorce process itself is likely to take 4 – 6 months, it is very rare for a separating couple not to have other issues to resolve be they related to children or finances. Depending on the complexity of such issues, this can add anything upwards of a few months to the timescale provided. If there is a dispute about which parent is to have care of the children, it can take up to 12 months for the case to reach a Final Hearing. There is a similar timescale involved if financial issues cannot be resolved by agreement and a contested Hearing is necessary.
It is suffice to say that each case is different and, whilst 1 divorce may take 4 months, another could take 18 months. If you need to talk to a lawyer about a possible divorce, then please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced family Solicitors on 01536 276313 or 01536 311690 for a free no obligation chat.