The Reality of a Quickie Divorce

New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and making a fresh start, but it’s also a time for facing up to issues and resolving to deal with them. For many couples the period around Christmas either persuades them to stay together at least until the festivities are over, or creates tensions which persuade them to finally act and end an unhappy relationship. In either case, if you’re looking for a quickie divorce then the best people to talk to are the experts at Higgins Miller. 

We specialise in family law and that means that, as well as knowing everything there is to know about the details of a quickie divorce we provide advice on situations such as dealing with wills and probate, adoption and children disputes. What situations such as this have in common with a quickie divorce is that they represent a highly stressful and sometimes traumatic period of the client’s life, and we do everything we can to keep those stress levels as low as possible. 

When dealing with a quickie divorce we will lower stress levels by communicating in a clear, jargon-free manner and attempting to remove as much of the conflict from the situation as possible. Whenever we can, we will help couples who come to us to negotiate the terms of their separation in a way which will guarantee a quickie divorce without having to involve the courts at all. In some cases this will be complicated by having to agree arrangements for children in the relationship, discussing aspects such as any maintenance which has to be paid and where the children in question will spend their time.

If it’s possible to agree a quickie divorce which isn’t contested then we can deal with the process on a fixed fee basis. If the divorce is contested, on the other hand, we can offer a pick and choose menu of various options designed to deal with the technicalities as quickly and smoothly as possible. In both cases, the client has the peace of mind of knowing exactly what they are going to pay, without worrying that costs are going to spiral out of control. 

The concept of a quickie divorce is one which, as of yet, is not actually established in law. From approximately the autumn of 2021 it will be possible to access a quickie divorce in the shape of a no fault divorce. In simple terms, a quickie divorce of this type will be one which can be finalised without the court having to be convinced that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. Until then, it is necessary for grounds for divorce to be established, ranging from desertion –  of two years without the divorce being contested and five years if it is contested –  adultery and unreasonable behaviour. The last of these is fairly vague and could include physical and verbal violence, drug or alcohol misuse or the refusal of one partner to pay their way in a relationship. 

As the law stands currently, a quickie divorce is only really possible if both parties agree to the principle of splitting up and can settle any differences over the details quickly and amicably. In cases such as this, the entire process can take between 4 and 6 months.     If you want to find out more about what a quickie divorce will entail  and whether your circumstances are likely to apply please call our Legal Aid Solicitors on 0161 429 7251 or email us at [email protected] We’ve recently passed our Cyber Essential accreditation, something which demonstrates our forward-thinking attitude and determination to remain ahead of the competition. The first 20-minute appraisal is provided free of charge, and we’ll give you the first appointment for a fixed fee, so you don’t have to worry about how much our advice is going to cost.  If you want to explore our wider charging system then please take a look here.

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January 4, 2021

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