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“Quickie” divorce anyone?

I read today online in MSN News that:

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and former EastEnders actor Jack Ryder were granted a "quickie" divorce after she admitted committing adultery.

How the phrase "quickie divorce" causes problems in the real world! It is perfectly understandable that many people want a quick divorce and keep the cost of divorce down into the bargain. Sadly, media stories such as this cause many people to believe that if you pay enough, or if your lawyer could be bothered enough, there is a quickie divorce procedure.

I think the phrase comes from the 1970s when the procedures then were changed to allow a divorce often without a Court hearing and this was certainly faster than it had been until then. I think the Sun newspaper enjoyed making reference to "having" or "getting" a "quickie"! The name stuck.

But now almost all divorces should take no longer than about 6 months. Bear in mind that to the legal system the word "divorce" means only the legal ending of the marriage and not sorting out all the house and divorce settlement issues.

Andrew Woolley
Divorce Solicitor


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