Latest government statistics show that the number of divorce petitions being issued has fallen, yet the divorce process is taking longer to complete.
Why the number of divorce petitions being issued has fallen is not yet known and could be a result of a number of different things, including legal aid cuts and an increase in the number of people who are choosing to cohabit rather than marry.
The delays at the regional divorce centres have caused frustration for divorcing couples and family practitioners for some time now, with Bury St Edmunds divorce centre reportedly reaching unprecedented levels in 2018. It is hoped that the digitisation of the divorce process will go some way to alleviate the pressures faced by our under-staffed and over-burdened regional divorce centres, but as a fully digitised process is still in it's infancy, we may have to wait a little while to see whether or not this is the case.
If you are considering separating or divorce and would like some help, advice or guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
New Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics about the family court are just out. The headline is that the number of divorce petitions is down on the same period last year. There were 28,144 divorce petitions issued during April to June 2019, down 13% from the same quarter in 2018.