Recent changes have meant that divorce petitions are now issued at regional divorce centres.
For us family lawyers in Oxford, we now send divorce papers to Bury St Edmunds, apart from in certain, exceptional circumstances such as the need for a divorce petition to be issued urgently.
The reasoning behind the changes were to speed up the divorce process, but my experience so far has been rather hit and miss.
On average, it's taken at least 3-4 weeks for the paperwork to be issued and on one occasion despite the court advising papers had been sent out they were never received and the court had to re-issue the paperwork.
It's understandable that it will take time for the new divorce centres to operate smoothly, but it's not easy for clients who are keen to progress their divorce as quickly as they can.
If you have any queries about this article, or would like further information about the divorce process, please contact one of our family lawyers.
Divorce centres: Further progress report HMCTS explains how the new system is working We are approaching the anniversary of the very first divorce centres. Those in the North East opened in November 2014. Moreover, given that HMCTS intended that the phased transfer of work to each centre was to be complete by this October, how is the new regime working?