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What have quickie divorces and mammoths got in common?

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There have recently been reports in the news that the mammoth is about to have a comeback thanks to DNA developments and the plan was, I gathered, for DNA to be implanted into an elephant embryo. This was soon shown to be an error caused by over-enthusiastic reporting much, I’m sure, to the relief of the elephant.

In the same way, I often read of some celebrity or other who has been granted a “quickie divorce”, with the press telling us that someone’s divorce has been granted in 20 seconds. This leads to clients telling me they want a quickie divorce themselves, as their marriage is at an end and they don’t want to drag the process out. This is an understandable request, but they are clearly disappointed when I explain to them that whilst their Decree Absolute will be granted equally quickly, with the Judge working his/her way through a pile of Decree Absolute applications and approving them, there will have been a longer process to get to that stage of which the press will have been unaware.

On receiving these enquiries, it falls to our team of divorce and separation lawyers to explain that before arriving at the Decree Absolute point, we have gone through the process of drafting and issuing a Divorce Petition, and if acting for the Petitioner, arranging for a statement in support to be prepared and lodged with the court along with the application for Decree Nisi. 

Running parallel with the divorce petition is the question of the fair division of the family’s finances and it is often the case that the application for Decree Absolute will be delayed until there is a financial order in place reflecting the agreement that has been reached.

So back to my original question, what the return of the mammoth and the quickie divorce have in common is they are both myths generated by the popular press. While none of us could advise on the mammoth’s return, we could certainly advise on any queries you have on the breakdown of your relationship, or in relation to difficulties in spending time with your children or grandchildren.