How long does a divorce normally take?

If uncontested, a divorce could typically be completed in under six months. This could extend to twelve months if there are financial complications or issues relating to children.

Other potential complications can include:
Grounds for Divorce: In the UK, you need to establish grounds for divorce, such as adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, or living apart for a specified period. If both parties agree on the grounds, this can expedite the process.

Financial Complications: While an uncontested divorce is usually faster, financial matters can still cause delays. This includes issues such as dividing assets, property, debts, and determining spousal maintenance. If there are complex financial situations or disagreements on these matters, it may extend the process.

Children's Arrangements: If there are children involved, arrangements for custody, visitation, and financial support need to be agreed upon. Disputes over these matters can slow down the process.

Documentation: Gathering all necessary documentation, including financial records and information about children, is crucial. Delays can occur if there are difficulties obtaining this information.

Many factors can affect the length of a divorce. From the level of agreement between the parties, the presence of financial and child-related complications, and whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. Consulting with a family lawyer from Bannister Preston can provide personalised advice based on the specific details of your situation.