Legal Experts Say ‘Quickie’ Divorces Takes Longer Than Expected
The former England footballer, 55, and his 36-year-old wife have lived separate lives for almost a year and a formal decree nisi will bring their six-year marriage to an end on Wednesday morning, according to media reports.
Family law experts have said although it may appear that divorces like this happen quickly, the reality is the process takes much longer.
Despite the footballing legend’s fortune, the pair are understood to have opted for a "value divorce" using a government website that costs around £400.
The Sun reported that a source close to the couple said: “Usually these things are very sad and often acrimonious but with Gary and Danielle it is very much friendly with no legal battle that can cost a lot of money.
“They didn’t use any solicitors and filed for divorce using a government website where they filled out the forms together. It cost about £400, rather than tens of thousands in legal bills.”
A spokesman for the couple confirmed the split, saying: “Gary and Danielle have decided to end their marriage and their divorce was confirmed today with the judge granting a Decree Nisi. They remain the greatest of friends and wish each other every happiness.”