How can I obtain a copy of my lost decree absolute super-quick!

My partner and I finally decided to get engaged after decades together and are looking to get married in April - no point in hanging around! However, I cannot find my divorce certificate anywhere! I called the court where I thought the divorce was finalised, but they couldn't find a record of it and said I had to go through the Central Family Court via a form D440. However, the current wait time to receive a copy is 20 weeks, which scuppers our April plans. My question is, are these document companies that promise a copy in 20 working days actually worth going to? Before I part with any money, can they actually organise copies so quickly?

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  • gizmo111
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    My partner and I finally decided to get engaged after decades together and are looking to get married in April - no point in hanging around! However, I cannot find my divorce certificate anywhere! I called the court where I thought the divorce was finalised, but they couldn't find a record of it and said I had to go through the Central Family Court via a form D440. However, the current wait time to receive a copy is 20 weeks, which scuppers our April plans. My question is, are these document companies that promise a copy in 20 working days actually worth going to? Before I part with any money, can they actually organise copies so quickly?
    Did you use a solicitor - I got a copy of mine from their archives when I needed it. 
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  • Annisele
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    I suspect that if this was a practical option you'd have thought of it already, but just in case - can you ask your ex?
  • mean-woman
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    Thanks for your replies - of course, I can't remember the solicitor I used 😭and can't find any records of that either! And I have no idea where the ex is now and he is extremely unlikely to have kept any paperwork - worse than me!
  • Stormybay
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    My partner and I finally decided to get engaged after decades together and are looking to get married in April - no point in hanging around! However, I cannot find my divorce certificate anywhere! I called the court where I thought the divorce was finalised, but they couldn't find a record of it and said I had to go through the Central Family Court via a form D440. However, the current wait time to receive a copy is 20 weeks, which scuppers our April plans. My question is, are these document companies that promise a copy in 20 working days actually worth going to? Before I part with any money, can they actually organise copies so quickly?
    Hi.  
    I applied to the central family court, asking them to search 30 years, they came back to me in 2 weeks, and that was o we Christmas, and we didn’t even know if he was divorced, never mind where and when, so if you do know, you should get the absolute back quite quickly xxx
    good luck 
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  • mean-woman
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    Thanks @Stormybay - was that this Christmas?

  • ynzi_F
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    Stormybay said:
    My partner and I finally decided to get engaged after decades together and are looking to get married in April - no point in hanging around! However, I cannot find my divorce certificate anywhere! I called the court where I thought the divorce was finalised, but they couldn't find a record of it and said I had to go through the Central Family Court via a form D440. However, the current wait time to receive a copy is 20 weeks, which scuppers our April plans. My question is, are these document companies that promise a copy in 20 working days actually worth going to? Before I part with any money, can they actually organise copies so quickly?
    Hi.  
    I applied to the central family court, asking them to search 30 years, they came back to me in 2 weeks, and that was o we Christmas, and we didn’t even know if he was divorced, never mind where and when, so if you do know, you should get the absolute back quite quickly xxx
    good luck 
    Wow that’s super quick! I sent my D440 on the 5th January and still waiting for a call to collect payment!!
  • Stormybay
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    Thanks @Stormybay - was that this Christmas?

    Yes. It was this Christmas. 
    :j Stormybay
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