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Quickie divorce

Regular readers of this Blog will by now know that I tend to get quite worked up about celebrity divorce and also the phrase "quickie divorce". When they are together that is almost too much for me!

Celebrity divorce annoys me mainly due to its constant presence in the media and the fact that it is so easy for a belief to grow up that the legal aspects of such a financial settlement are relevant to the lives of the rest of us--they are not. It is just a question of exactly how many £millions they each get. Not a tricky case at all, actually. What is tricky is sorting out who gets what when there isn't enough for two.

"Quickie divorce" annoys me as there is no such thing whatsoever. Don't believe me? I am not surprised because it is almost every week that I read of this or that celebrity having popped down to the High Court for their quickie divorce! It is not possible. The danger is that this raises people's expectations and anything which does that when they are then dissapointed can create more anger, stress and upset.

Talking of this, many "quickie divorce" non lawyer websites offer just that and for very low amounts. Watch out! Sometimes they seem to claim you can get a quickie divorce for only about £70. This is impossible. I set out below the traps awaiting the unwary:

  1. There is no such thing as a quickie divorce. Undefended divorces normally take the same amount of time, about 6 months, most of that time being used up in waiting for the Court system to get moving.
  2. The Court charges fees of £550 and so that needs to be added on straight away.
  3. The word "divorce" just means the ending of the marriage legally, so don't get suckered into thinking you'll end up with a divorce, divorce settlement and proper future protection for about £70.

Like other things in life, if it looks too good to be true, it is.

Take care, take advice.

Andrew Woolley
Divorce Solicitor


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