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Tempting fate

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03 Sep 12 #353639 by mbird
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Feel stupid even asking this, but.... If an offer is finally agreed, how long does it take to draw up Consent Order and finalise everything (pension sharing etc) ?
Also if an offer is agreed in principle can you apply for DA then?
Basically what I am saying is if she agrees this week, how long till I''m divorced?
Thanks guys.
Don''t know if I should have tempted fate......

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03 Sep 12 #353642 by jonathancj
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It depends on who is drawing up the order and how efficient they are. It also depends how far your Court is on arrears with its post. Sorry that''s not much help really but it''s a bit of a piece of string issue.

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03 Sep 12 #353647 by mbird
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Could it take longer than 6 weeks from offer being agreed?

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03 Sep 12 #353659 by jonathancj
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Easily, I''m afraid. I''ve known some solicitors sit on things that long and courts are so understaffed that the same applies there. I suspect that six weeks is an average in truth. If you push hard, particularly with the other side, it might be quicker though.

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04 Sep 12 #353685 by dukey
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I agree, there are three unknowns,

How long it takes to Draft.

How long it takes you both to sign it, or amend if needed.

How long the judge takes to seal it.

Six weeks is fairly average, some courts are taking that long just to seal it, others will do it in a week, the fastest on wiki was posted on Thursday and back and sealed Saturday.

Once signed and with court i suppose you could apply for Absolute, really its best to wait until sealed though.

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