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Can I get a "quick" divorce in Northern Ireland?

Divorce is a legal procedure that must follow a set process. 

Even a “quick” divorce in Northern Ireland could take more than 6 months, from start to finish. 


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to get a divorce in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist divorce solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

Can I get a "quick" divorce In Northern Ireland?

In an ideal world, a divorce shouldn’t need to take any longer than a few weeks.

But in reality, lots of different factors almost always arise during the divorce process, and which cause inevitable delays.

These include:

  • disagreements between the divorcing spouses
  • spouses (or their solicitors) not responding to requests for information
  • one spouse simply not cooperating at all, or being in denial
  • the fact that the NI divorce court system moves very slowly (even when it’s working well)
  • various other unforeseen issues that always tend to crop up…

Many of these factors are outside your control, so it’s frustrating when they cause delays to the process.

Out of all of the issues that cause delay though, the worst ones tend to be when former spouses sill disagree about vital issues (like finances and children).

So, to answer the question “can I get a quick divorce in Northern Ireland” – well, if you can reach an agreement with your former partner on issues surrounding money, children, assets, etc, – then yes, the divorce process should be relatively smooth and quick for you.

But if you both still disagree on key issues, the answer is more likely to be no - the divorce process is unlikely to be over very quickly for you. The quicker you can resolve disagreements with your spouse, the quicker the divorce will be completed.
The above article is part of our guide on how to get a divorce in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland specialist divorce solicitor who will be able to provide advice tailored to your own personal circumstances.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
Every effort is made to keep this guide up to date. Although it is not to be regarded as legal advice, we strive to make sure the information is helpful, accurate and practical. If you are a Northern Ireland divorce solicitor and have spotted an inaccuracy, you can submit a suggested change.
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