Divorce Process Taking Up to 12 Months Instead of 6

03 August 2016

Courts in England & Wales are now taking up to a year to issue a divorce petition whereas previously it was taking 6 months to receive the Decree Absolute.

It used to be the case that as Divorce Solicitors, we could draft a divorce petition and receive the Decree Absolute in 6 months from start to finish. We are having to tell our clients now that it is taking anything up to 12 months.

There are a whole host of reasons why the Court system is clogging up across England and Wales, and here are just 3 of the reasons:

  1. There are now Divorce Centres where certain Courts are allocated to deal with divorce petitions. It used to be that you could send your divorce petition to your nearest Court for it to be dealt with. This has led to the Divorce Centres being overloaded with cases and not nearly enough admin staff to deal with the amount.

  2. More and more online divorce services making divorce cheaper which in turn enables more people to get divorced. The rise in online divorce services has seen a significant rise in the number of divorce petitions that are received by the Divorce Centres.

  3. There has also been an increase in online DIY Divorce services whereby people can complete the divorce process themselves. The increase in online DIY Divorce services in turn slows down the divorce process as the Courts have to return a lot of divorce petitions because the forms have not been completed correctly.

At Co-op Legal Services our Fixed Fee Divorce provides a Divorce Solicitor to take you through the usual steps in the divorce process to end your marriage.

Court Fee: A Court fee is payable directly to the Court where you petition for divorce.

For a list of Divorce Centres see HM Courts & Tribunals Service Divorce Centres.

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