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Time scale

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09 Nov 07 #6241 by Kamau
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OK, how long does a divoce take from receiving the petition to the issue of the Decree Absolute if there are very few complications?

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09 Nov 07 #6251 by Sera
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I've already started a thread somewhere on the Timescale question: (can't find link?)

Answer: HOW LONG IS A PIECE OF STRING! :dry:

OK, depending on the circumstances, most people are quoting 18mths-2 yrs average (I think). However, if you cannot agree a Financial Resolution, away from the courts, it could be that a Divorce is not granted until all matters re: finances are dealt with.

My first divorce (1999) went to full trial Hearing for finances, and we could not sell the house, nor have the Decree Absolut until after the resolution. That took 18 months. I know some people (Chris?) on this forum are into year three!!!

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10 Nov 07 #6299 by Camberwick green
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Try this link for information and relative time scales

www.wikivorce.com/joomla/Step-By-Step-Di...ng-the-marriage.html

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10 Nov 07 #6313 by Kamau
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Thank you for your advice.

Having read the timescales of each of the stages of divorce application, it would seem that it is not impossible for an uncontested divorce to take place within the timescale of about 7 to 10 weeks. However, I have found that the common consensus has been anywhere between 4 months and 8 months. Is anyone able to explain why there is such a variation in people's perception of how long an uncontested divorce should take?

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10 Nov 07 #6342 by sexysadie
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I think some courts just have a backlog of cases, so if you live in those areas it will take longer.

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11 Nov 07 #6371 by Kamau
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I apreciate your help. Thanks Sadie, I didn't think about the backlog. Swansea is an average size city. I anticipate they may be doing batch-processing with divorce applications. Again, we come back to the piece of string analogy.

I am always grateful for any other information that members wish to contribute.

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11 Nov 07 #6377 by Louise11
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Hi there.

If you do it yourselves, and no interference from a Solicitor, it WILL only take 3months from start to finish!

The complications that stall this time limit is the dreaded finances and other people getting involved!

You should not get an absolute till all finances have been resolved, for reasons i wont go into here as you only have to read the thousands of posts from people to see why it can take years, to finanlise.

If its a straightforward divorce with no children, finances or Solicitors involved its 12 weeks max. (i know this through my own divorce, my partners divorce and 3 friends i know who divorced!) In actual fact a Solicitor was gob smacked how quick my divorce was when did i did it myself and said "Its amazing just what can be achieved with no solicitors involved!)

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