How Long Does a Divorce Take in the UK?

Kelly Grigg, a family lawyer at Richard Nelson LLP, outlines how long it takes to get a divorce in the UK.

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How long does a divorce take in the UK?

Often people are surprised that a divorce usually takes between 6-12 months to conclude as the media frequently reports on celebrities that have managed to get divorced overnight. For most people, this is not possible as one of the stages of the divorce allows for a cooling-off period of 6 weeks and 1 day.

Such cooling off period takes place between you proving the grounds for a divorce (known as the Decree Nisi) and you being able to apply for your divorce to be finalised (known as the Decree Absolute).

In most circumstances, a client will be advised to hold off finalising the divorce until financial matters have been resolved. If you finalise the divorce too quickly, you may be preventing yourself from being able to obtain the best financial outcome and can have an impact on certain assets such as pensions.

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Get in touch with Kelly to discuss how long it takes to get a divorce in the UK:Tel: 0333 888 40404


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Kelly Grigg is a family solicitor with a wealth of experience helping a wide range of clients on family law matters.

With years of experience comes the understanding that every family is different. Kelly offers assistance and representation at court on family law matters including divorce and separation; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; children matters; unmarried couples; financial matters; and domestic abuse and protection orders.

At what is a stressful and emotional time, Kelly prides herself in avoiding legal speak. She will clearly explain your options and the processes involved, so you feel in control every step of the way.

Kelly understands that family life can be hectic at the best of times and is happy to make arrangements for out of hours appointments where needed.


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Written by Kelly Grigg

Kelly Grigg is a family solicitor at Richard Nelson LLP, based in the South West. Kelly favours reducing conflict by reaching an out of court agreement, which is often the most favourable way to resolve divorce proceedings and other family law matters. Read more about Kelly Grigg.

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