What’s the best way to get a divorce?
‘What’s the best way to get a divorce?’ is one of the most common questions we’re asked at Quickie Divorce – it’s also one of the most difficult to answer due to its ambiguity.
There are a multitude of ‘best practices’ which should be observed as far as the divorce process is concerned and, in order to answer this question effectively, we need to determine which is of the greatest concern to the person asking it. To answer the question comprehensively, though, the following points will always need to be addressed:
The cost of divorce
For many, the best divorce is the one that costs them the least money. You may therefore assume that we would advise such individuals of the fact that they can, technically, get divorced without spending a penny – and we do, but not before adding some very important information.
Firstly, the divorce will only be free if the circumstances of the spouse that files for the divorce are such that they are not required to pay the court fee. Secondly, even if they find that they do not need to pay the court fee, they’ll need to complete their documents without assistance in order to get a free divorce and this is why doing your own divorce is often a false economy.
If the documents that are filed contain any errors, they’ll need to be amended and resubmitted, and a fee will need to be paid each time they do, meaning that a free divorce can quickly become one that costs several hundred pounds.
As Quickie Divorce will complete all of the documents you’ll need to file for a divorce for just £67 and we’ll cover the costs if any amendments are required, we always recommend this package to anyone looking to minimise the cost of their divorce.
How long does a divorce take?
Another major concern amongst those seeking a divorce is how long the process will take. Whilst it is sadly not possible to provide a definitive answer due to the sheer number of variables outside of our control, we can say that, if you and your spouse communicate throughout the process, this’ll play a big part in making it as expeditious as possible.
If you’re filing for the divorce, let your spouse know when everything’s been submitted to the court. They’ll then know to keep an eye out for correspondence from the court and return it as quickly as possible. You should also respond to any court correspondence you receive as quickly as possible too.
For more advice on how to ensure your divorce is processed and finalised as quickly as possible, click here.
Choosing the right grounds for divorce
For many, waiting until they and their spouse have been living separately for two years so that neither party needs to accept fault for the breakdown of the marriage is the best way to divorce. Whilst this is understandable, it can be problematic when the couple would prefer to get their divorce over and done with as soon as possible.
If it’s the former scenario that describes your current position, then the best divorce for you is one reliant on adultery or unreasonable behaviour. We know this may sound counterproductive but remember that any information that you supply to the court will be treated with the utmost confidentiality so no one else need ever know. Furthermore, any examples of unreasonable behaviour you provide do not need to portray your spouse as abhorrent and can actually be quite mild. If you do need to file on this ground, we’d strongly recommend you discuss them with your spouse and agree what’ll be featured before filing your documents, too.
You can find common examples of unreasonable behaviour in divorce here, here and here.
The best divorce for your future
If you’re worried about how your divorce may affect your future, you’re going to need to request and obtain a Consent Order (this is more commonly known as a Clean Break Divorce) just before your divorce is finalised.
By obtaining this, any agreement you and your spouse have reached becomes binding and prevents either from making any further claim against the other. Indeed, we’d recommend this to anyone who’d reached an agreement with their spouse whether they’d said their post-divorce wellbeing was a concern or not.
If no agreement was in place, we’d also recommend they try to work one out. Should they inform us they can’t successfully negotiate an agreement, we’d advise them to try mediation or instruct a solicitor such is the importance of obtaining such an agreement.