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There is no special fast track process for celebrities.

The speed of your divorce depends upon many factors which includes you, your solicitor, your partner and the court system.

The misconception arises because the media report the grant of Decree Nisi as the divorce being final. However, the marriage is not over until the Decree Absolute is granted and the earliest this can be applied for is 6 weeks and 1 day after the Decree Nisi. It is not unusual for the Decree Absolute to be delayed until financial matters are resolved.

To be able to apply to the Court for a divorce you have to be married at least a year. Jodie Kidd, whose marriage lasted just four months, opted for judicial separation which is similar to divorce but you remain legally married whilst normal marital obligations cease.

In judicial separation proceedings the court has the same powers as in divorce cases to deal with finances and children. After a judicial separation is granted, you can apply for a divorce later on.

Judicial separation is rare but tends to be used if there are religious objections to a divorce or if the marriage has not lasted a year.

If you would like more information about divorce and judicial separation then contact our family team at ThomasHaywood.

Sarah Haywood is head of our family department. Contact her on 01892 765013 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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