One of the most common questions we get asked is how long will it take to get divorced? The truth is that the time it takes between issuing a divorce petition and receiving the decree absolute can vary depending on a number of factors. On average however, we find that an uncontested divorce can take between 4 and 6 months.

As long as you have been married for at least 12 months, either party can file a divorce petition based on one of five facts. See our January blog (  for more information on the grounds for divorce.

When the media talk about ‘quickie’ divorces, what they are actually referring to are parties that have not relied on the fact of two years separation with consent, or five years separation without consent. The actual divorce process, if uncontested, will take the same amount of time regardless what fact you have relied upon. There are a few ways to try and speed up and smooth out the process:

  1. Agree the reason for the divorce with your spouse

If you and your spouse are on amicable terms, and you are both in agreement about divorcing, then it can be sensible to agree who is going to petition, and on what fact they will rely upon. This means no surprises for the respondent spouse. If the parties are not in agreement then the process can take longer and become more difficult.

  1. Take legal advice

It is important that both parties take legal advice early on to understand the divorce process and assist in drafting and filing the petition. A solicitor will also help you to understand how the divorce lines up with sorting out the finances.

  1. Begin mediation

The divorce process itself can usually be unproblematic. Complications often arise when the parties begin discussing splitting assets and arrangements for the children. We usually advise parties to try mediation as a way to negotiate finances and children matters. The earlier these discussions can begin the quicker the parties can reach an agreement.

If you want to get a divorce or your spouse has petitioned you for divorce, then our family solicitors can help you. Get in contact with our family team on 01243 790532