16 February 2016
I'm a Celebrity, Get me a Divorce NOW!
Many news sources have reported on Jeremy Kyle's 'quickie divorce', but just how quickly can celebs get divorced?
One report headline stated that Jeremy Kyle's divorce from ex-model Carla Germaine was granted in a 20-second hearing - are we really meant to believe that Jeremy or his representative turned up to court with the divorce petition and twenty seconds later, he's divorced!? The reality - no.
The fact is Jeremy Kyle isn't even divorced yet.
'Quickie divorces' commonly cited by the media are completely untrue – yes, it is possible to speed up the divorce process, but only in exceptional circumstances. Being a celebrity, no matter how A-list (or Z-list), isn't one of the reasons that can be used to hurry up the divorce process as we explain in the Top Five Quickest Celebrity Divorces.
How Long Does Divorce Take?
The divorce process takes about four to six months. The exact length of time largely depends on the individual circumstances of both people and the speed of the court. There are timeframes in place that are out of the couple’s control.
When the judge looks at the divorce petition and decides that the person applying for the divorce (the petitioner) is entitled to the divorce, they then set a date for when the decree nisi is pronounced. This is the first divorce order, but it doesn't mean the parties are actually divorced. It will typically be set in three to four weeks’ time after reviewing the divorce petition.
The decree nisi is pronounced in open court. This is the point when the celebrity divorces are usually publicised. Celebrities still remain married for at least another month and a half.
There is a period of time that the petitioner has to wait from the date of the decree nisi to apply for the decree absolute. This ‘cooling off period’ is six weeks and one day and it is set in law.
In reality, divorce petitioners often wait longer than six weeks and one day to apply for the decree absolute because they have yet to sort out their finances on divorce.
The decree absolute is the second divorce order and it’s only this that ends marriage.
For more information, read our blog How Long Does it Take to get a Divorce in the UK?
Exceptional Circumstances Used to Speed up the Divorce Process
Commonly cited reasons are that one person is either pregnant or very ill.
Beware; these reasons are not an automatic guarantee of obtaining a quicker divorce (note quickER, not quickIE).
Applications to expedite a divorce are rare and are decided by a judge.
Niamh McCarthy is a family law solicitor at Slater and Gordon in London.
At Slater and Gordon, we appreciate how stressful divorce proceedings can be. We understand people want the divorce process to be completed as soon as possible so we act quickly and swiftly to ensure this is done.
Call our divorce law solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online to see how we can assist you.